Over past two seasons, Starling Marte has had the tenth highest fWAR (6.7) among all MLB center fielders.
At age 31, he is still an all-around solid player. His speed remains close to elite (29.0 ft/sec) and his arm is as still strong as ever (Marte’s eight outfield assists were third among CF in 2019). Although his overall defense wasn’t as stellar as it’s been over the past few seasons, Marte did have his highest wRC+ (119) since 2016.
Marte is what he is, a three to four win player that would help any team. He is not a superstar. He is not going to be the best player on a championship team. That said, he is the type of player that could take a fringe contender over the hump. If Mookie Betts is indeed the big fish outfield trade chip this offseason, Marte would definitely be a great consolation prize. Pair his production with the remainder of his contract ($11.5 million in 2020 with a $12.5 million club option in 2021) and it’s easy to see why Marte is arguably the Pirates’ most valuable trade asset.
If Ben Cherington chooses the route of a total rebuild, plenty of clubs will be lining up to trade for Marte’s services. It’s almost impossible to speculate on…