In one of the more surprising moves of Major League Baseball’s 2020 trade deadline, the Miami Marlins have agreed to acquire outfielder Starling Marte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Marte, 31, played well during his brief stay in the desert. He hit .311/.384/.443 (123 OPS+) with two home runs and five stolen bases (on seven tries) in 33 games. He figures to be a big upgrade for the Fish, who have just one healthy outfielder (Matt Joyce) with an OPS+ higher than 100.

The Diamondbacks originally acquired Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates over the winter in exchange for right-hander Brennan Malone and shortstop Liover Peguero. Nonetheless, the Diamondbacks did not appear interested in exercising his club option for next season, which calls for him to make $12.5 million.

The Marlins entered Monday with a 14-15 record, good for a tie for second place in the National League East with the Philadelphia Phillies. Under the expanded postseason rules, all first- and second-place teams will make the playoffs. For the Marlins, this would represent their first trip to the tournament since they won the 2003 World Series.


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