December 3, 2020

Starling Marte would be honored to play for Mets (New York Post)



Starling Marte sounds ready to step right up and meet the Mets.

The Pirates center fielder has been the subject of trade rumors, linked especially with the center field-needy Mets. He seems to be on board with that idea.

“The Mets are in position to do that [ready to compete right now on a World Series] and it will be an honor to play with them,” Marte told Deportivo Z 101. “If it doesn’t happen, I will keep working hard and giving my team all I have.”

The rebuilding Pirates have a new general manager in Ben Cherington, who will need to decide how to move forward with Marte. The 31-year-old has two years left on his contract at $11.5 million in 2020 and a $12.5 million club option for 2021.

Marte hit .295 with an .845 OPS and 25 steals last season. He was an All-Star in 2016 but was suspended 80 games for PEDs in 2017.

The Mets have plenty of corner outfield options but could use a true center fielder. Last year they played Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto there.

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