Diamondbacks Acquire Outfielder Starling Marte From Pirates

Starling Marte with Pirates in 2018. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock

Arizona Diamondback made another important addition to their roster in an attempt to return to playoffs for the first time since 2017. The team recently announced that they have acquired outfielder Starling Marte in a trade with Pittsburgh Pirates.

As part of the trade, Diamondbacks sent pitcher prospect Brennan Malone and shortstop prospect Liover Peguero to Pittsburgh. Both Malone and Peguero are part of Arizona’s Top 30 prospects list. The Pirates also received $250,000 in international pool money.

Marte played 132 games with Pirates in 2019, hitting .295 with 23 home runs and 82 RBIs. The 31-year-old is owed $11.5 million in 2020, while his contract includes a $12.5 million club option in 2021.

“We think he’s a fantastic baseball player,” said Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen. “He has power, he can hit for average, he is a very good athlete, plays a very good outfield, center field as well.”

Starling Marte spent his entire career with Pirates, made his MLB debut in 2012. During his time in the league, he won two Gold Glove Awards and was an All-Star in 2016. Marte’s career stats include .287 batting average, 108 homers, and 420 RBIs.