News has surfaced once again that the Mets and Pirates have been engaged in talks for Starling Marte. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that the clubs have exchanged names. Much like people who write checks, the Marte rumors refuse to die.
Marte turned 31 in October. He’s put up 24.1 fWAR in his career, including a 3.0 mark last season. Marte has bounced back and forth between center and left field in his career but the last two years he’s played exclusively in center. In 2018 he had a +1 DRS and a +3.2 UZR but in 2019 those numbers were (-9) and (-7.6), respectively.
Those numbers might be an improvement over whoever the Mets can play in CF right now but we should go in with eyes wide open that they are not good numbers at all.
Of course, the biggest question remains what the Mets would have to give up to get Marte. We’ve heard J.D. Davis, we’ve heard Brandon Nimmo and we’ve heard a package of prospects. In their only full seasons in the majors, Nimmo put up a 4.5 fWAR while Davis put up a 2.4 number. And few want to deplete the farm system even more after the Robinson Cano and Marcus Stroman deals.
Still, this seems like an idea that holds a lot of interest for the Mets’ front office. Does it hold interest for you?