Pirates' Starling Marte Trade Talks With Mets and Padres Reportedly 'Intensifying'

Starling Marte
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The MLB offseason might finally be winding to a close, but the likes of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte are still on the trading block.

According to Jon Heyman, both the New York Mets and San Diego Padres, who have been angling for a Marte deal seemingly all offseason, have starting up trade talks for Marte once again.

Marte might not have made an All-Star team, but he might have had the best season of his career in 2019. Marte hit .295 while launching a career-best 23 home runs and driving in 82 runs, the highest mark of his baseball life. He also added 25 stolen bases for good measure.

The Padres have more ammunition to get a deal done than the Mets, as they currently have oodles of prospects in Double-A and Triple-A, including catching prospects that the Pirates reportedly covet in any potential Marte trade.

Both New York and San Diego could use a little more pop at the top of the order, and Marte provides a consistent hitter, base-stealer, and defender that can be slotted in at the leadoff spot and rake until he's blue in the face. This would be a massive move for either of these clubs, as it would help them keep pace with the heavyweights in their division.