August 3, 2021

Mets’ pursuit of Starling Marte is complicated (New York Post)

SAN DIEGO — The Mets aren’t necessarily finished in trying to upgrade their outfield.

Jake Marisnick’s arrival from the Astros last week provided team officials with a level of comfort about the situation, given his defensive ability, but industry sources indicated Monday the Mets could look toward further improvement, more likely through the trade market than free agency.

To that end, the Mets were expected to speak with the Pirates about Starling Marte, an industry source said Tuesday at the winter meetings, with the idea of bringing another right-handed bat into the equation.

The Pirates have entered clear rebuilding mode under new general manager Ben Cherrington, and Marte is owed $11.5 million for next season. The outfielder’s contract contains a team option worth $12.5 million for 2021.

But it’s unclear whether the Mets would be in position to orchestrate a deal for Marte without shedding a contract such as Jed Lowrie’s or Jeurys Familia’s. One method for shedding a contract would be as an attachment in a deal for a desired player, such as J.D. Davis or Dominic Smith. The Mariners used such a tactic last winter with Robinson Cano, sending the second…

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