None of the decisions should be considered surprising, and to get where they want to be they would need to do get better than what they had.
The question is, what to do until then? Here’s my take on the five let go:
JEREMY HEFNER: Hefner was clearly a dollar move as he wouldn’t be available any way because he’s recovering from Tommy John surgery. Nonetheless, they could re-sign him at a lower rate and not have him on the 40-man roster.
Hefner proved to be a valuable spot-starter, but would not be considered any higher than a fifth starter.
JUSTIN TURNER: Was a valuable role player off the bench, but not somebody who could play for any length of time without his weaknesses being exposed.
The Mets could groom Wilmer Flores to replace him, but Turner can play shortstop so it would be a limited move.
Flores, however, could master the shaving cream pie to the face shtick Turner popularized.
JORDANY VALDESPIN: No way.
SCOTT ATCHISON: He gave the Mets 47.1 innings last season out of the pen. The Mets need to replace those innings and could do it for the same $700,000 Atchison made, but for a younger arm.
OMAR QUINTANILLA: He played in 95 games when Ruben Tejada went down, and was more than capable defensively, but hit only .222 with a .306 on-base percentage.
Those two numbers have the Mets believing he’s not a fulltime answer at shortstop.
The position remains a hole, and it looks as if they could go with Tejada again. Even so, they don’t have a back-up.
COMING UP: Why the Mets did not non-tender Ike Davis.