Steve Cohen’s Mets can’t let next Justin Turner get away

Steve Cohen’s Mets can’t let next Justin Turner get away

ARLINGTON, Texas — Will the Steve Cohen Mets not let Justin Turner get away like the Wilpon Mets did?

Maybe not. After all, Sandy Alderson, the Mets general manager who non-tendered Turner on Dec. 2, 2013, is coming back to serve as team president.

Yet as Turner helped power the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Rays on Friday night in World Series Game 3, putting L.A.’s finest ballclub ahead by a 2-1 margin, the Fall Classic favorites offered additional bread crumbs for Cohen, the man who once tried to buy them and — assuming the other major-league owners and Bill de Blasio green-light him — instead will attempt to overtake them for National League superiority:

You can’t bat 1.000 on player evaluations. But the best teams of this era excel buying low on a guy and seeing him soar, and that is a skill at which the Mets have rarely if ever stood out. More often the soaring occurs from a former Met going elsewhere, like Turner.

A Met from 2010 through 2013, Turner crushed a Charlie Morton fastball for a first-inning solo homer, putting the Dodgers on the board first and tying Turner, a seventh-year Dodger, with Duke Snider for the all-time franchise lead with 11 postseason homers. Yes, yes — Duke hit all of his October dingers in the World Series, the only playoff round in his day. Still, though, that’s pretty amazing for a guy the Dodgers picked up long ago on a minor-league contract.

Steve Cohen and Justin Turner
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“It means I’ve had the opportunity to play on a lot of really good baseball teams, deep into October, and got a lot of at-bats,” the modest Turner said. “Obviously, it’s something that I don’t think I ever thought about or has crossed my mind. It’s a pretty cool thing that I can talk about when I’m done playing.”

“He’s the heart and soul of this team,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said of Turner. “J.T. is a big player for us, a great guy in the clubhouse. We rely on him all the time.”

Turner added a third-inning, two-out double and scored a run, and in the bottom of the third, he turned a nice scoop on Mike Zunino’s short-hopper into an inning-ending double play, aiding pitcher Walker Buehler in a dominant performance. Max Muncy, like Turner a low-profile pickup for the Dodgers, drove home Turner and Corey Seager in the third with a timely single.

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