The New York Mets completed a free agency trifecta Friday night.
After agreeing to deals with Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha earlier in the evening, New York landed speedy center fielder Starling Marte on a four-year, $78 million deal, reported Jon Heyman.
The 33-year-old adds a stolen base threat to the Mets lineup. Marte had an MLB-leading 47 stolen bases last season – matching his career high.
The Mets used a total of seven players in center field last season with Brandon Nimmo (84 games) and Kevin Pillar (57) seeing the most time there.
Marte also batted .310 with 12 home runs, 89 runs and 55 RBI while playing for the Miami Marlins and Oakland A's in 2021.
An All-Star in 2016 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Marte won two Gold Gloves in 2015-16.
Marte, who also spent parts of two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, has 296 stolen bases in his 10-year career.
John Connolly is a breaking news editor for NorthJersey.com.
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