The Giants are reportedly kicking the tires on a former All-Star outfielder
The Marlins’ Starling Marte, 32, is reportedly going to be traded before the July 30th deadline after extension talks have stalled between him and the club, the Miami Herald is reporting. Marte, who is set to become a free agent this offseason, wants a four-year deal, while the Marlins are only offering two years.
Now San Francisco is a “key team to watch” according to the Herald, reportedly interested in the one time All-Star and two-time Gold Glover who has historically crushed right-handed pitching. Marte is in the midst of a bounce-back year, slashing .290/.391/.449.
The question is what would the Giants realistically be willing to give up in return for an expiring contract, especially considering the Marlins could have their eyes on centerfield prospect Heliot Ramos. It’s unlikely San Francisco would part with Ramos for a Marte rental, but it remains to be seen if they would part ways should the Marlins be willing to throw a prospect or two of their own in the deal.
Ramos, 21, was just called up to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, with .269 batting average and .799 OPS with 43 home runs, 160 RBI, 33 stolen bases and 194 runs scored through 323 career minor-league games.