The Miami Marlins have reportedly offered outfielder Starling Marte a three-year contract extension per Jordan McPherson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald. However, there appears to be minimal progress on the two sides reaching an agreement.
If no deal is reached, it would make sense for the Marlins, who are in last place in the NL East, to trade the 32-year-old, as he’s set to hit the open market this offseason.
Across the 48 games he has appeared in this season, Marte is hitting .291 with an .848 OPS, 18 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. The veteran has been a smooth commodity at the plate over his MLB career and is adept at playing both left and center field.
Long story short, the Marlins would have plenty of teams inquiring about a trade for the outfielder. Here are three teams that make sense for a Starling Marte trade.
3. San Francisco Giants bolster their outfield with Starling Marte trade
It was fair to expect the Giants to miss the playoffs by a wide margin this season given the high-octane Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres residing in their division. Then something funny happened: the Giants own the best record in MLB and are legitimate contenders. Making a move for Starling Marte would enhance manager Gabe Kapler’s outfield rotation.
While Mike Yastrzemski has hit better of late, Steven Duggar is the lone everyday outfielder performing at a high level for the Giants. The team’s offensive attack has been reliant on Buster Posey and veteran infielders.
Marte could take over in left field for the struggling Alex Dickerson. The former adds a sweet-swinging hitter from the right side with the versatility to move over to center if Duggar gets a day off or the injury bug hits the team’s outfield.
The Giants should be prudent buyers. While Marte is a free agent after this season, he fits their model and would advance the offense.
All that being said, the Giants may refrain from making a move for Marte based on them believing their outfielders can right the ship at the plate, as well as LaMonte Wade Jr. finding success at numerous positions.