Ever since joining the Miami Marlins via trade last season, Starling Marte has been a consistent contributor in the outfield. He's scheduled to hit free agency this offseason, however, the latest rumor is that the Marlins have indeed offered him a contract extension.
While the amount is unknown, the Miami Herald's Jordan McPherson and Craig Mish originally said that the offer was a three-year deal for $30 million. If that is a fact, the two sides might not be that close at all.
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McPherson and Mish are also reporting that sources indicate that Marte is looking for a three- or four-year deal at around $50 million. Considering how that's about a $20 million difference from the rumored offer, there's a good chance that the Marlins could trade the two-time Gold Glove winner ahead of the July 30 trade deadline.
Marte was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Marlins back in August 2020 in an exchange for a bundle that included LHP Caleb Smith, RHP Humberto Mejía and LHP Julio Frias. Unfortunately, Marte has run into some injury trouble throughout the 2021 MLB season. He's played in just 46 of Miami's 82 games so far and missed almost all of May with a fractured rib.
Nevertheless, Marte has still recorded 6 home runs and 18 RBI while slashing .296/.403/.456. He's also been walked 27 times this season – eight shy of a career high – and is 13-for-15 when it comes to stolen bases.
If the Marlins can't work out a contract extension soon, you can bet that a lot of teams will be lining up for the opportunity to add Marte to their lineup.
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