Pirates Trade Starling Marte to Diamondbacks

Pittsburgh gets pitching and shortstop prospects, as well as international money

Andrew Limberg
January 27, 2020 - 2:33 pm

(93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates have traded Starling Marte to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to reports.

Radio.com Sports Insider Jon Heyman reports the Bucs and Diamondbacks reached agreement on a deal.

LISTEN: Jon Heyman explains Marte trade.

The 31-year-old Marte has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh.

Heyman says the Pirates are getting top pitching prospect Brennan Malone, who was drafted 33rd overall last year and 19-year-old shortstop Liover Peguero.

"That's what they wanted to do, get some high ceiling prospects. I think the Pirates achieved that," said Heyman.

Heyman also says the Pirates will get international money in the move.

Reports say the Pirates wanted catching prospect Daulton Varsho, son of former Pirates player/coach Gary Varsho, but he was off the table.

Over eight seasons with the Pirates, Marte has a lifetime .287 batting average and batted .295 last season with 23 home runs.

Projections for the 2020 season have Marte batting .277 with 20 home runs and 69 RBI.

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