The Miami Marlins are looking to be sellers once again as the trade deadline approaches. With a 40-53 record, they are 9.5 games out of first place in the relatively weak NL East. One big name that could be representing a new uniform in the next few days or weeks is Starling Marte.
The former All-Star outfielder and 2x Gold Glove winner was a key piece in the Marlins playoff run in the shortened 2020 season. The Marlins made an upgrade by giving up left-hander Celeb Smith, righty Humberto Mejia, and a player to be named later.
With Marte on the team, they clinched their first season of .500 or better since 2009. The organization also punched their ticket for their first appearance in the postseason since they won the World Series back in 2003. However, fast forward one year, the Marlins look to rebuild for the future once again.
Starling Marte Trade Very Likely
The Marlins are one of those teams that have a tough time engaging fans to come to watch their games and have a tough time keeping their stars long-term. Reports have swirled around the league stating that soon-to-be free-agent Starling Marte rejected a three-year extension worth $30 million.
The Marlins do not have a reason to keep Marte as he will be off the books by the season’s end. The team could probably get more value trading for prospects that are ready to help the team now or may take a little bit of time to develop. Waiting for a draft compensation or hoping that he signs a qualifying offer wouldn’t be a good approach as Marte could be valuable to many contenders.
Marte could be an upgrade with the glove and bat to just about every contender who is looking for an offensive upgrade. Marte is currently hitting a slash line of .285/.387/.444. He also has seven home runs and nineteen stolen bases this season.
The Houston Astros, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Yankees are rumored to be in the mix for the outfielder. Marte is owed around $5.1 million for the rest of the season, and all three teams are close to exceeding the 210 million dollars Competitive Balance Tax threshold, but these teams can make the necessary moves to make the transaction possible.
The Astros lost a key bat in George Springer to the Toronto Blue Jays in free agency. Trading for Marte can help widen their lead with the Oakland Athletics just 3.5 games behind them for first place in the AL West.
The Phillies have dealt with a lot of injuries this season but managed to hover above .500 with a 47-45 record, just two games behind the New York Mets for the top spot in the NL East.
The division is basically up for grabs with the Atlanta Braves making a trade with the Chicago Cubs earlier last week to bring in Joc Pederson. The Mets will also be active at the trade deadline with all the injuries the team has been dealing with and management’s desire to make it back to the World Series.
There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the New York Yankees as they are looking to find the perfect match for the outfield. Just a short while ago, the Yankees looked to be in the race with the San Diego Padres for All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo. Those who strike out on the Gallo sweepstakes will certainly shift towards Marte.
Marte will certainly be a good fit for the Yankees as they have also been marred by injuries this season. Marte can certainly help them make a push for their first World Series win since 2009.
The Miami Marlins could be willing to eat most or if not all of Marte’s remaining contract if it means higher caliber prospects are a part of any deal. Where do you think is the best fit for Starling Marte moving forward/