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Turner Up, Emaus Down (Or Out)

Posted By Howard Megdal On April 19, 2011 @ 1:35 pm In Player moves | Comments Disabled

The Mets decided that Brad Emaus, the Opening Day second baseman, isn’t working out. His on-base percentage, the major calling card in his offensive repertoire, was a full 100 points above his batting average.

Unfortunately, his average was only .162.

Since Emaus was a Rule V pick, the laws governing his future are a bit byzantine. He goes on waivers now, giving teams in reverse order of record in the NL, then AL, a chance to claim him. If he clears waivers, the Mets have to offer him back to Toronto for $25,000. They could work out a trade with the Blue Jays- it depends how interested they are in retaining him.

Justin Turner gets the call, and there’s a pretty decent chance he is the best possible combo of offense and defense the Mets have at second base. It will be fascinating to see how the playing time gets distributed between Turner and Murphy, whose tenure so far has been marked by highs and lows in the field. Turner starts tonight against a lefty.

Ultimately, the real answer is finding a magical doctor to keep Reese Havens healthy, or more likely, someone outside of the organization. But Turner and Murphy might be the answer, and it is rewarding to see the Mets trying out reasonable solutions, instead of defaulting to vets who clearly aren’t.

Also, for those keeping score: Wayne Krivsky loves Turner, while J.P. Ricciardi is a Brad Emaus guy.

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