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Marlins In Ketel Marte

The Marlins have proven curiosity within the Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte, based on The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.  There isn’t any indication {that a} deal was shut previous to the lockout, and it stays to be seen if Arizona can be even open to shifting Marte in any respect.

As Rosenthal plainly places it, the D’backs “would want a monster package deal to maneuver Marte.”  The previous All-Star is getting into his age-29 season and is managed by means of the subsequent three seasons — an $8MM wage in 2022, after which membership choices for each 2023 and 204 that will pay Marte a complete of $22MM if each choices have been exercised.

Marte broke out with an enormous 2019 season that noticed him end fourth in NL MVP voting.  After a disappointing 2020 marketing campaign, Marte rebounded to hit .318/.377/.532 with 14 dwelling runs final season, although he was restricted to solely 90 video games as a consequence of a pair of hamstring accidents.  In each 2019 and 2021, Marte has loved giant BABIPs and wOBA totals which have outpaced his xwOBA, so there may be some query about simply how sustainable his elite manufacturing is, plus his velocity and baserunning expertise have been in decline.  Nonetheless, Marte makes a variety of arduous contact and infrequently strikes out, and it’s attainable he might use a change of surroundings given the Diamondbacks’ dismal outcomes over the past two seasons.

Between Marte’s age, means, and his very affordable contract, Rosenthal factors out that the D’backs would need extra for Marte than they obtained in both the Paul Goldschmidt or Zack Greinke trades.  To place it in perspective, Arizona received two MLB-ready youthful gamers (Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly), one notable prospect (Andrew Young, who has since made his huge league debut) and a Aggressive Steadiness Spherical draft choose from the Cardinals for Goldschmidt again within the 2018-19 offseason.  For dealing Greinke to the Astros on the 2019 commerce deadline, the D’Backs acquired 4 prospects in return.

Miami may very well be a crew well-suited to fulfill the Diamondbacks’ excessive asking value, given how the Marlins have been open to trading from their surplus of beginning pitchers.  The Fish have a number of younger pitching depth within the minors and even some names from their present huge league employees may very well be obtainable, with Elieser Hernandez and Jose Lopez thought-about to be obtainable.  (Sandy Alcantara might be safely faraway from the checklist of commerce candidates contemplating his recent five-year extension.)

The Marlins would presumably deploy Marte in middle subject, with Jesus Sanchez and the newly-acquired Avisail Garcia flanking Marte within the corners.  Nonetheless, defensive metrics are combined at finest (-8 Outs Above Common and -12 Defensive Runs Saved, however a +2.3 UZR/150) on Marte’s glovework as an outfielder, and whereas his numbers as a second baseman are equally unspectacular, Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen indicated that Arizona would possible hold Marte as one thing near a full-time second baseman in 2022.  Taking part in the infield might assist hold Marte more healthy, however the Marlins may additionally view Marte’s outfield protection as improvable if he’s targeted on enjoying solely middle subject, whereas the D’Backs moved Marte round between middle, second base, and shortstop.

In different commerce talks between the 2 sides, Rosenthal writes that the Marlins additionally checked on Kelly’s availability.  Presumably, Kelly is not on Miami’s radar now that the Marlins have acquired Jacob Stallings to fill their catching emptiness.

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