Billy Eppler saved his biggest Black Friday deal for last.
The Mets signed outfielder Starling Marte to a reported four-year, $78 million deal Friday night, the Post’s Mike Puma confirmed. The deal capped off a day in which the Mets inked veterans Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha to two-year deals.
The Marte deal is by far the biggest get of the day for Eppler, however. The 33-year-old figures to be the Mets everyday center fielder, a position of need for the team. Marte slashed .383/.458/.841 with 12 homers and an .841 OPS in 120 games between the Marlins and A’s last season, primarily playing in center field.
The move will likely allow Brandon Nimmo to occupy a corner outfield spot, and likely means that Michael Conforto will not be returning to Queens next season. In addition to Nimmo, the Mets have just Dominic Smith who played extended time in the outfield for the team last year, although Canha now adds depth to the position.
Marte is a one-time All Star and won back-to-back Gold Glove awards from 2015-2016. He played eight seasons in Pittsburgh before spending the last two with the Diamondbacks, Marlins and A’s.
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