A New York Mets shopping spree was highlighted by getting Starling Marte wrapped up and ready for placement in center field.
The veteran outfielder agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $78 million.
The 33-year-old Marte was regarded as the best pure center fielder on the free-agent market. A former Gold Glove winner, he split last season between Miami and Oakland, finishing with a .310/.383/.458 slash line with 12 homers and 55 RBIs, leading the major leagues with 47 stolen bases.
The agreement came on the same day the Mets added outfielder Mark Canha on a two-year deal worth $26.5 million with a club option for 2024. The team also agreed to terms with veteran infielder Eduardo Escobar on a two-year contract worth $20 million that holds a club option for 2024.