Report: Mets Not Interested In Trading For Starling Marte

The Pirates CF Apparently Isn't Viewed As An Upgrade On Nimmo, Marisnick

Alex Greenberg
December 12, 2019 - 7:52 pm

Starling Marte has been linked with a trade to Queens quite a lot lately, but one report claims the Mets may not actually be interested in Marte at all.

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According to Tim Healey of Newsday, the Mets aren’t close to a deal for the Pirates outfielder, partially because they don’t view Marte as an upgrade on Brandon Nimmo and Jake Marisnick, their current options in center field.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen has already sealed a few deals during Major League Baseball’s winter meetings, but this apparently won't be one of them. Both Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha have reportedly been signed as free agents, and Marisnick was acquired just a week ago.

Jake Marisnick

Healey adds that the cost of acquiring Marte, and his salary, also swayed the Mets toward not being interested in a deal. He would cost more than Marisnick and Nimmo combined.

Marte has spent his entire eight-year career in Pittsburgh. He made an All-Star team in 2016, and in 2019 he .295 with 23 home runs and 82 RBIs. He is 31-years-old and not a superstar by any means.

With no Marte, center field could end up being shared by Marisnick and Nimmo. Nimmo will likely also play a quite a bit in left field. The wild card in play is whether Yoenis Cespedes will be able to get healthy, and whether he’ll be able to return to be another contributing outfielder in Carlos Beltran’s clubhouse. 

Even if the Mets really aren’t interested in Marte, they might not be done adding new pieces. There is still a long way to go before spring training and before next season.