Mets Option Turner; Emaus Closer To 2nd Base Job

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — And then there were three.

The Mets edged closer to resolving their second base round-robin on Wednesday, optioning Justin Turner to Triple-A Buffalo.

After Turner’s demotion and Friday’s release of Luis Castillo, only Daniel Murphy, Luis Hernandez and Brad Emaus remain in the Opening Day competition. Though, according to WFAN and SI’s Jon Heyman, Emaus is “very likely” to win the Mets’ job at second base.

According to Heyman, Emaus is known as “J.P.’s boy,” referring to J.P. Ricciardi, former Toronto Blue Jays general manager and special assistant to Sandy Alderson.

“I’m sure Brad is feeling pretty good about himself right now,” Turner said Wednesday.

Also helping Emaus’ cause is his Rule 5 selection status, which would require the Mets to offer him back to Toronto if he doesn’t remain on the major league roster this season.

LISTEN: WFAN’s Evan Roberts on why Brad Emaus should be the Mets’ man at second base

Murphy, considered the early favorite by many, is playing his fourth position in five years and might be better suited for a utility role. Hernandez was reported to be Terry Collins’ choice for the job but hasn’t managed to land the coveted spot.

Castillo sounded off on the Mets’ second base competition after reporting to Philadelphia Phillies’ camp on Tuesday.

“It didn’t work out. I told (Collins) if he didn’t give me the chance to play, I don’t know if I have to be on the team,” Castillo told reporters. “He decided to release me and wouldn’t give me the opportunity, and I’m here.”

The Mets claimed Turner off waivers from Baltimore last May. He batted .333 in Triple-A Buffalo in 2010.

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One Comment

  1. Jonathan G. says:

    I don’t see why Murphy and Emaus can’t just platoon at second base. If they really see Havens or Tejada as the long term option there, then they wouldn’t really care about having Murphy and Emaus see primarily righties and lefties respectively for just one season. It would make for a very solid 7th hitting second base tandem if that were the case. I just dont understand why a platoon has never so much as been mentioned. It seems like somebody has to win this job outright instead. Do they really think Emaus’ defensive skills are far beyond that of Murphy’s. I’ve seen both of them play, and I cant imagine that’s the case. Hu is going to make the roster regardless of whether or not they platoon, so it wouldn’t effect roster decisions if they did so. I think this would give this team less offensive weaknesses and really help us combat rotations like the Phillies. I really dont wan’t to see an Emaus-Halladay matchup just as much as I don’t want to see a Murphy-Lee matchup, even though he hits lefties fairly well. Fairly well can’t cut it for this lineup this season. They both slug the opposite handed pitchers. I think they will damage Murphy more if he doesn’t play every day rather than if he see’s mostly right handed pitchers. Let me know what the thinking is in Met’s camp. I’ve been dying to find out if anybody talks about a platoon. It seems too logical to not have been talked about at this point. Thanks!

  2. JOHNNY A says:

    I have no problem starting the season with eamus. First off, I have a lot of faith in jp Ricciardi and I am certain that a few spring at bats that havent looked too great have done nothing to dispell ricciardis notion that the kid can play. He has watched the kid for a few years in Toronto. He looks a little like Ty Wigginton, a guy the Mets should have gotten back ten times over

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