The Miami Marlins and outfielder Starling Marte, after two weeks of back and forth discussion, were unable to agree to a contract extension.
What happened? Here’s the rundown:
Miami initially offered Marte a two-year pact, which according to sources was a nonstarter.
Marte, seeking a four-year deal and going through a mini slump, informed the Marlins there would be no extension discussions after the All-Star break.
Sources say the two sides used the break to attempt to hammer out a deal but never were able to come to an agreement. Marte, who turns 33 in October, had previously told the Miami Herald that he wanted to stay in Miami, but it appears negotiations began far too late to get pen to paper. As a result, the former All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner will likely be traded by the July 30 deadline and then test free agency this winter.