3 Teams That Should Try to Trade for Starling Marte

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the St Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on September 7, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Starling Marte is on the trading block, and he adds an extra layer of intrigue to this offseason. He's a polished hitter who plays stellar defense on an annual basis in the outfield, something that every team in the league would love to have. But these three teams in particular need to do all they can to try and steal him away from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

3. Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds tries to make a sliding catch in the outfield during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 25, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers defeated the Reds 9-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Outside of sensational slugger Aristides Aquino, the Reds don't exactly have many quality outfielders heading into the 2020 season. Marte could be the perfect solution to their problems. His .793 career OPS would only improve playing in a hitter's park like Great American Ballpark, and his glove could provide some much-needed talent to an otherwise defensively starved team. It remains to be seen if GM Ben Cherington is willing to deal with his NL Central rivals, but the fit in Cinci is obvious for Marte.

2. New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04:  Brandon Nimmo #9 and Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets celebrate a home run by Cespedes in an MLB baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 4, 2018 at CitiField in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 4-2. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Yoenis Cespedes; Brandon Nimmo
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Injuries always seem to be a problem for the Mets, but they've been particularly brutal in the outfield over the past few years. Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Nimmo have both missed extended periods of time, and they haven't had the depth to survive their absences. Trading for Marte would not only help shore up their depth, but give them an All-Star caliber player capable of carrying the load should they go down with injuries.

1. Cleveland Indians

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29:  Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians throws the ball in from the outfield during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Offensive contribution from the outfield has been a major weakness for the Indians over the last few years, and while they've made steps to address it, they're still lacking just a bit. Enter Marte, whose 119 wRC+ would have been the second-highest mark among any player who patrolled the outfield in Cleveland with a minimum of 200 plate appearances in 2019. If the Indians are going to pull the trigger on a trade this offseason, then it absolutely needs to be for Marte.