John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports initially Tweeted that the Diamondbacks are “closing in on Starling Marte” in a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jeff Passan just followed up with confirmation that a swap had been completed:
Outfielder Starling Marte has been traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Arizona Diamondbacks, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 27, 2020
There’s no word at this point as to what the cost of the team’s second Marte would be. But if the trade is completed, he will presumably take over from the first Marte, allowing Ketel to move back to second-base. Starling turned 31 in October, and put up 2.9 bWAR last season for Pittsburgh. He batted .295 with 23 home-runs, and an OPS of .845 (OPS+ 120). He is due $11.5 million this season, and there is a club option for 2021 of $12.5 million, with a buyout of $1 million.
We’ll be updating this story with details as they emerge, but for now it looks like the D-backs have got their Opening Day line-up largely sorted.
Details. Gambadoro says the Pirates will be getting prospects RHP Brennan Malone SS Liover Peguero plus $250k of international money, while the D-backs get $1.5 million in col., hard cash. The two prospects appear generally to be ranked in the #6-10 range across most lists, so we didn’t have to give up any of the “big 5” who were recently listed in the top hundred across all baseball, e.g. by MLB Pipeline.