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Marlins to Pick Up Option on Starling Marte

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The Marlins took advantage of the expanded playoffs and ended up playing in October for the first time since 2003 in 2020. Not only that, they took two from the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago to eliminate them from postseason contention, before being beaten by divisional foe Atlanta Braves, who have the opportunity tonight to advance to their first Fall Classic since 1999.

The Marlins rode the strength of veteran bats such as Jesus Aguilar, Brian Anderson and Corey Dickerson. However, they had one of the biggest deadline moves this year when they acquired longtime Pittsburgh Pirate Starling Marte from the Diamondbacks.

The 2016 All-Star has a .287/.341/.450 lifetime slashline to go with stellar defense, solid baserunning and 114 lifetime homeruns. Unfortunately for the Marlins, a hand injury

kept him out of the NLDS.

He has not played his last outing as a Marlin, however, nor was he a rental. With a $12.5M club option and a $1M buyout, his option will be picked up. This may not be a surprise, as they sent two major league arms and a prospect to Arizona for Marte. Marlins CEO Derek Jeter was addressing the media today to Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson on the decision to part ways with Michael Hill, President of Baseball Ops. During that call, he said the team is planning to exercise the option.

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