Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics Exchange Starling Marte and Jesus Luzardo Respectively
Miami Marlins are trading outfielder Starling Marte to Oakland, according to Times Read source. Jesus Luzardo, a Parkland Stoneman Douglas High School alumnus, will be traded to Miami in exchange for the pitcher.
Marte led the Marlins regulars with a.306 batting average, a.859 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, 52 runs scored, 22 stolen bases, and seven home runs and 25 RBIs heading into Wednesday’s game. Marte started 62 of the 66 games in centre field in which he was on the active roster, and he batted second in 59 of those 63 starts. The Marlins traded Marte after he had at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games with the team.
As a result of such talks, the Marlins and Marte were unable to reach agreement.
The Marlins’ offer, according to sources, was close to $40 million over three years, according to sources. After the All-Star break, Marte informed the Marlins that he would not be interested in a contract extension.
Marte was traded on Wednesday as a result of the failure to reach a deal.
He spent 11 months in Miami, when he was acquired at the trade deadline for a lineup boost and to stabilise a defensive position that had been plagued by instabilities for the past two seasons. Marte was an All-Star and former Gold Glove award winner. To keep him on the team for the 2021 season, Miami exercised a $12.5 million option on his contract. Marte helped the Marlins to their first postseason appearance in 17 years.
Marte is one again on the move, this time to free agency after the Marlins and Marte couldn’t agree on a contract extension.
In 31 career MLB appearances (including 15 starts), Luzardo has a lifetime 4.79 ERA and 115 strikeouts over 109 innings.
Team control of Luzardo lasts until 2026, and he won’t be eligible for arbitration until the 2023 season has ended.
In 2020, Luzardo was regarded one of the top 10 prospects in Major League Baseball. In 38 innings pitched this season, the 23-year-old has a 6.87 earned run average, in part because he has allowed 11 home runs. Unfortunate circumstances also conspired against him. There is still plenty of time for the young left-hander to live up to his potential, and the Marlins are happy to bet on him.