Mets trade target on the Diamondbacks: Ketel Marte
A far more likely trade for the Mets to make this offseason is one with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This one would bring them Ketel Marte, another outfielder they could add to the mix.
Marte is more than just an outfielder, though. He also has experience on the infield and could become a solution at second base. While not a huge need, I love the flexibility. Plus, how is he only about to play his age 28 season?
Marte is a lifetime .287/.346/.456 hitter with some increased power numbers in recent seasons. He slugged 32 in 2019 while boasting a .329 batting average. This past year, Marte played in only 90 games but did still add 14 home runs and 50 RBI while batting .318.
The Diamondbacks are probably far more willing to trade Marte than the Pirates would be to deal Reynolds. Marte is signed to a team-friendly contract that pays him $8.4 million in 2022, $8 million in 2023, and $10 million in 2024. The latter two years include a team option and a favorable $1 million buyout.
Because of what he brings to the field, I would suspect the market for Marte would be extensive and competitive. A trade for him would be costly but could end up worth it for the Mets. The best of him could still be on the horizon.