In recent days, the Mets have once again been linked in trade talks with the Pittsburgh Pirates centered around outfielder Starling Marte.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spent most of his availability on Friday answering question about the team's new manager Luis Rojas, but he was also asked about the team still looking to trade for an outfielder.
"At this point we feel very confident in the group we have," said Van Wagenen. "We're excited about the guys that we have invited to camp. We're excited about the returning players that we'll have back on the roster, and we think we've added some key pieces from the outside that will help us this year.
"We don't want to disrupt what we have. We do have the chemistry I spoke of. We have a culture where people buy into one another and they believe they can pick each other up. I don't see a deal that's going to disrupt that environment, and if there's an opportunity to continually improve our roster we'll explore it, but our aggressiveness is focused on getting ready for spring training with the players that we have."
SNY's Andy Martino has reported that while the two sides have remained in touch on and off since November, both teams remain "far apart" on any deal.
Also, MLB Network's Jon Heyman has reported that the Pirates have interest in Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio, considered by many as the team's top prospect.
As of now, the Mets would likely start JD Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto in the outfield, with Yoenis Cespedes being a wild card until he can prove he's healthy. The Mets also traded for former Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick earlier this offseason.
Marte, 31, is a one-time All-Star who has slashed .287/.341/.452 over his eight-year career in Pittsburgh.