Mets, Pirates, Padres Working On Big Trade?
Are the Mets, Pirates and Padres working on a big trade?
Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte has been the subject of a lot of speculation as of late.
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, all the talk may finally be coming to a head.
“Hearing Starling Marte talks are intensifying. Mets, Padres,” he tweeted out.
“Still a chance something gets done before spring training.”
The Pirates are clearly looking at a full-on rebuild, so they don’t have much use for Marte at the moment.
Meanwhile multiple teams have expressed interest in the 31-year-old, albeit more so as someone to play at outfield corner than in center.
Hearing Starling Marte talks are intensifying. Mets, Padres. Still a chance something gets done before spring training.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 24, 2020
Marte is owed $11.5 million next season and his contract features a $12.5 million club option-slash-$1 million buyout for the following year.
New York would seem like a less than stellar landing spot given the crowded outfield situation the team has right now.
San Diego, meanwhile, is fresh off having added Tommy Pham. And of course the team is constantly linked to a possible Boston Red Sox trade for Mookie Betts.
That said, if the Betts deal does not come together – Marte would be a good piece to have as a backup.
All in all, if a deal is going to happen for Marte, it will likely happen at some point in the next few weeks.