June 17, 2021

Starling Marte traded to Diamondbacks as Mets chase ends (New York Post)

The Mets will have to go outside of Pittsburgh if they plan on improving their outfield this offseason.

The Pirates traded Starling Marte to the Diamondbacks on Monday for top prospects Brennan Malone and Liover Peguero, The Athletic first reported. The Mets had been linked to Marte for most of the offseason with Brandon Nimmo thought to be in the middle of any potential trade.

But Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Friday that he was content with the makeup of the team’s current roster.

“We don’t want to disrupt what we have. We do have the chemistry. … We have a culture where people buy into one another and believe they can pick each other up,” Van Wagenen said. “I don’t see a deal that is going to disrupt that environment and there is an opportunity to continue to improve our roster we’ll explore it, but our aggressiveness right now is focusing on getting ready for spring training with the players that we have.”

Marte, 31, hit .295 with 23 home runs last season. The Pirates are in full rebuilding mode, as the Diamondbacks look to catch up to the Dodgers in the NL West after going 85-77 last season.

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