Free agent Justin Turner reportedly in contract talks with New York Mets

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The 39-year-old publicly expressed curiosity in returning to the Purple Sox in September.

Justin Turner performed 146 video games for the Purple Sox in 2023, the second-most on the staff. Barry Chin/Globe Employees

This 2023 Purple Sox fan favourite is reportedly being pursued by a Nationwide League East staff.

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The New York Mets “have been engaged in discussions” with Justin Turner this winter, in line with the New York Put up’s Mike Puma.

The Mets appear to be intrigued by his versatility within the infield. Turner performed at first, second, and third base for Boston this previous 12 months. He performed nearly all of video games (98) because the staff’s designated hitter, nevertheless.

“Turner, if signed, would have the potential of rotating between DH, third base and second base,” Puma wrote.

The 39-year-old was one of many Purple Sox’ finest gamers of their last-place season. He performed the second-most video games (146) of anybody on the staff and recorded 96 RBIs, second behind Rafael Devers’s 100.

Turner’s 146 video games performed are much more spectacular, past his age, when you think about the damage he handled within the second half. 

The infielder/designated hitter suffered a right-foot bone bruise and opted to play by way of the damage. 

Turner informed The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier {that a} typical participant can be sidelined four-to-six weeks for such an ailment. He refused to sit down out that lengthy as Boston battled within the aggressive American League East.

“I’m attempting to simply be good. I don’t know what the reply is at this level within the season,” Turner informed Speier in August. “The fitting factor to do versus what it’s a must to do are two various things. You simply should duct tape it and put some WD-40 on it, go on the market, and attempt to assist us win video games.”

One of many Purple Sox’ clear clubhouse leaders in 2023, Turner’s above-average statistics had been complemented by his presence off the sector. Boston lacked a real foreman with the departure of Xander Bogaerts final winter – that was till the veteran Turner signed with the staff in Jan. 2023.

“We don’t know what the long run holds, however I really feel like this man all through the season, he was the chief not solely on the sector, however off the sector,” supervisor Alex Cora stated after the Purple Sox’ last dwelling recreation in September.

Turner publicly expressed curiosity in returning to Boston in 2024 earlier than he declined his $13.4 million participant choice.

“Yeah, I imply, I’ve loved each minute of it,” Turner stated following the Purple Sox’ final 2023 dwelling contest. “Since day one, it’s been top quality from all the way in which from the highest, all the way in which down, and I’ve loved the blokes on this room, and there’s loads of actually good baseball gamers on this room. And so I’d undoubtedly be completely happy if I used to be again right here once more.”

He might reportedly earn a multi-year deal this offseason, whether or not that be with Boston or elsewhere, per MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. 

Cotillo additionally reported the Purple Sox and Turner have “mutual curiosity” in a 2024 reunion.