Had Justin Turner still been on the Mets, he might have been hitting cleanup on Thursday night.
But Turner, a utility player who was with the Mets from 2011 to 2013, was non-tendered in December of 2013 and went on to sign with the Dodgers. In his final season in New York, in which he played just 86 games because of hamstring injuries, he had a slash line of .280/.319/.385. He provided versatility with his ability to play multiple positions in the infield.
Turner has thrived with the Dodgers this season, hitting .321 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. His batting average and RBI total would lead the Mets and his 12 home runs for tie him for second. So, does he think the Mets regret their decision?
"I mean, probably not," he said before going 1-for-4 with a run scored Thursday night in the Dodgers' 3-0 win at Citi Field. "I don't know. It's a business and things happen. People are constantly moving from one place to another. It's just part of the game."
He credits his success with the Dodgers to finally getting a chance to play on a regular basis. Turner has played in 84 of the Dodgers' 96 games this season.
Turner said he wasn't further motivated by the Mets cutting him loose.
"I don't think what happened here is a factor to it," he said. "I want to play well no matter where I'm at."
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