Starling Marte’s Miami Marlins tenure is likely to last only 11 months. When healthy, Marte has been the club’s everyday center fielder, and a pretty good one. But the former All-Star and Gold Glove award winner is a pending free agent. Contract extension negotiations have ended after the two sides were unable to agree to terms on a fair value for his future. With the Fish far removed from the 2021 postseason picture, it would be in the organization’s best interest to trade him in exchange for long-term contributors and financial relief.
Marte’s 2021 season stats (entering July 28): .305/.405/.451, 140 wRC+, 7 HR, 22 SB, 3.3 fWAR in 275 PA (64 G)
There are 14 MLB teams with playoff odds of 10% or higher, according to FanGraphs. Each of them presumably has given some thought to how Marte’s presence would impact them down the stretch. Many have reportedly contacted the Marlins directly about it.
This stream will contain all the latest Marte-related rumors and analysis leading up to the July 30 trade deadline.