June 14, 2021

Mets could explore Starling Marte trade for center-field fix (New York Post)

The Mets’ search for a center fielder could involve the Pirates’ Starling Marte.

The 31-year-old is coming off perhaps his best season at the plate with an .845 OPS. He is set to make $11.5 million in 2020, with a club option for 2021 that is worth $12.5 million.

With the Mets lacking an obvious choice to play center and having cut ties with Juan Lagares by declining his option for next season, a trade may be possible as they look to upgrade from Brandon Nimmo on defense.

The Post’s Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff linked Marte to the Mets. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman also reported the Mets were interested in the 2016 All-Star.

Marte also would fill the Mets’ need to add a right-handed bat to an outfield that included the lefty-swinging Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith in 2019.

The Mets don’t have an obvious choice in the minors and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has said Amed Rosario is not a candidate to be shifted from shortstop to center, as had been discussed last year.

There are also no top free agents at the position, and a trade for the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts remains highly unlikely.

Betts is heading into the final season of his contract and…

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