Cleveland Indians Trade Target #1: Starling Marte, Miami Marlins
One of the hottest names on the trade market right now, not only for outfielders but the entire league, is Starling Marte. Talks of an extension between Marte and Miami broke down and now the 32-year old outfielder is likely to become a rental for the rest of the season somewhere that isn’t Miami.
Being that Marte is one of the better players on the market it might take a pretty penny to be the team to snag him. However, if there are other trade options that have a higher chance of resigning or have team control left, then Marte could be a player that gets overlooked for more sturdy, long-term possibilities.
Right now Marte is performing about on par for his career numbers, just a little bit better actually. He’s slashing .290/.391/.449 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI. His 19 stolen bases are also a part of his game that is sometimes forgotten.
If Cleveland can find the capital to get Marte he would immediate become one of the club’s better players in nearly every aspect of the game. The added fact that he’s been the center fielder in Miami, the spot in the outfield Cleveland could use the most, is just the icing on the cake. If there’s a rental player to “break the bank” on at the deadline, at least in Cleveland’s perspective, this might be the guy to do it for.