It’s rumor season, and the big ones keep rolling in. Michael Duarte of NBC Sports Los Angeles has the latest one, coming hot off the press on Sunday evening.
While most of you were busy watching football – the Dodgers were in ‘active discussions’ with the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Starling Marte. Furthermore, Duarte states that the deal has been discussed over the course of several weeks.
Sources: #Dodgers having ‘active and ongoing discussions’ with #Pirates for Starling Marte. They’ve discussed a deal in previous weeks as well. Not known what other players are involved, or if teams are close to a deal. Marte is under contract with Pittsburgh through 2021.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) January 21, 2019
Now, tell me how you would feel about Starling Marte in a Dodgers uniform folks? This would be a really good fit given that Marte hits from the right side of the plate, offers some power and speed, and can play center field.
Marte is coming off his age-29 season in which he had an OPS of .787 to go along with 20 home runs and 33 stolen bases. Equally important – his durability. Marte played in 145 games and logged 606 plate appearances.
As mentioned by Duarte – it’s not known what players the Dodgers are dangling to possibly lure in Marte from Pittsburgh. However, one can assume it’s the usual suspects. Any deal like this that would bring aboard a near 4 bWAR player to Los Angeles probably has Alex Verdugo going back.
We will continue to update this ongoing story and see if it catches fire with any other sources. One thing is clear: Los Angeles is looking to add a right-handed bat who can play up the middle.
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