While millions of Americans went shopping on Black Friday, it appears that the New York Mets did as well.
The Mets agreed to sign veteran outfielder Starling Marte to a four-year, $78 million contract, according to multiple media reports Friday evening.
Earlier Friday, reports surfaced that New York was signing outfielder Mark Canha to a two-year, $26.5 million contract and infielder Eduardo Escobar to a two-year, $20 million deal.
The Mets, who have not confirmed any of the contracts, are coming off a 77-85 campaign. They have missed the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.
Marte, 33, split last season between the Miami Marlins and the Oakland Athletics. He had a collective batting average of .310 with a .383 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage with 12 home runs, 55 RBIs and a career high-tying 47 stolen bases.
Canha also will be coming to New York from Oakland, where he played for the A’s the last seven seasons. The 32-year-old hit .231 with a .358 on-base percentage and .387 slugging percentage last year with 17 homers and a career-high 61 RBIs, plus a personal-best 12 stolen bases.
Escobar played for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021, hitting .253 with 28 home runs and 90 RBIs. The 32-year-old earned the first All-Star nod of his 11-year career.
–Field Level Media