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The Fresh York Mets gradual Friday night agreed to phrases with free agent outfielder Starling Marte on a four-year, $78 million contract, Jon Heyman reports

Marte is coming off a standout 2021 season for the Marlins and A’s by draw of which he batted .310/.383/.457 (132 OPS+) with 12 residence runs and 47 stolen bases in 120 video games. Coming into the offseason, our R.J. Anderson ranked Marte as the No. 10 free agent of the 2021-22 class. Right here’s his write-up: 

“Marte, who modified into 33 in October, has now been a dynamic player for more than a decade. He can hit for common; he can salvage on heinous by advantage of being a hit-by-pitch magnet or (more and more) by strolling; he can raise 40-plus extra-heinous hits; he can secure bases at quantity and with efficiency; and, oh yeah, he can play a staunch outfield, namely in a nook. The suitable things Marte cannot attain are flip motivate the fingers of time or guarantee that he could well also no longer miss time with a fractured bone thanks to a form of aforementioned hit-by-pitches. He’s with out concerns the real outfielder in the class.”

For his occupation, Marte has an OPS+ of 116 in some unspecified time in the future of facets of 10 MLB seasons, eight of which came with the Pirates. Alongside the style, Marte has made an All-Huge name crew and claimed a pair of Gold Gloves. Marte’s signing by the Mets is per chance the most well-known of the offseason up to now and it occurs mere days sooner than the expiration of the contemporary collective bargaining agreement and a that you just’ll be ready to judge lockout by crew owners. 

With the Mets, Marte figures to be the predominant heart fielder alongside Brandon Nimmo in fine and most contemporary addition Label Canha in left. The Marte signing furthermore likely alerts that Michael Conforto, a free agent, will no longer be returning to the Mets. Marte’s addition occurs on the identical day that the Mets furthermore signed Canha and utility infielder Eduardo Escobar. 

The Mets under contemporary GM Billy Eppler are composed liable to add to the rotation, but already they’ve added no doubt one of doubtlessly the most coveted names in the marketplace. 

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