August 4, 2021

Mets have competition in their Starling Marte pursuit (New York Post)

The Mets aren’t the only team interested in Starling Marte.

While the Mets have talked to the Pirates about a potential trade for the outfielder, they’ll have competition as MLB Network reports the Padres are expressing interest in the 31-year-old right-handed bat.

Marte is due $11.5 million next season and has a $12.5 million club option for 2021 which includes a $2 million buyout.

The Post’s Mike Puma reported the Mets spoke to Pittsburgh about a potential Marte deal involving Brandon Nimmo, but that it’d take a “killer” package because of the salary difference. Nimmo, arbitration-eligible for the first time, is projected to earn $1.7 million next year. Offloading Jed Lowrie and the $9 million he’s due in 2020 could help offset money.

But Lowrie could also potentially be packaged with a starting pitcher now that the Mets agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with Rick Porcello, a day after agreeing to a one-year deal with Michael Wacha.

Marte slashed .295/.342/.503 with 23 homers, 82 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 132 games last season.

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