A prototypical utility player, Turner played 15 games at first base, 12 games at second base, 23 games at third base, 18 games at shortstop and one game in left field in 2013.
The Mets did not offer contracts to pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Scott Atchison, infielders Omar Quintanilla and Justin Turner, and utility man Jordany Valdespin, making the five free agents.
As far as free agents go, Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta are the cream of the shortstop crop, but they will be in heavy demand and will likely command top dollar. A cheaper option is 36-year-old Rafael Furcal.
“It’s tough,” Niese said. “Obviously (if) we were playing next year we wouldn’t be in that situation. That’s the beauty of replay and how necessary it is. It is what it is. (Layne) made the call, and we just got to get over it and come back after the off-day.”
David Wright is going on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Mike Baxter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets have placed infielder Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with pain in his ribcage, setting up a roster shuffle that led to top prospect Zack Wheeler being added as the extra player for a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.
Mets batters have gone cold again in Miami as the Amazins were soundly beaten by the Marlins 8-1 on Saturday.
Ike Davis will probably be sent down to Triple-A, but there are plenty of culprits to share the blame.
I sincerely hope Davis proves me wrong and suddenly finds his stroke. I hope he can be the .270, 40-homer guy that we all envisioned him being. But I just don’t see that ever coming to fruition. And sooner or later, the Mets will have to make a decision about their first baseman.
Jon Niese gave up seven earned runs in four innings pitched as the Braves blasted the Mets on Sunday.
Outside of Jon Niese and Matt Harvey, the Mets are clearly not a reliable lot. Especially on offense.
“It’s not something I’m worried about,” Wright said before heading to treatment. “I just wouldn’t be any good to anybody today. Hopefully it’s just one day, and then I’ll be back in there.”
Eric Stults gritted his way through five scoreless innings of three-hit ball, combining with five relievers on a five-hitter and 14 strikeouts to lead the Padres over the Mets 2-1 Thursday for their first win of the season.
Some main attractions are missing as the Mets host the San Diego Padres in their season opener Monday.
Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner each had a poor day in the Mets’ final warmup before Opening Day.