Seattle Mariners: 5 Trade Target from Diamondbacks Rebuild
Yeah, the Mariners already won the Haniger/Segura for Walker/Marte trade. So why not go out and get Marte back? Well for several reasons really. One, Marte has already been locked in on a long-term deal with the Diamondbacks. His 5 year, $25 million deal is a bargain, which even includes two team options for a total of $18 million.
Second, the Mariners already have Dee Gordon and Jean Segura. Marte is primarily a second baseman who played SS with the Mariners. He actually isn’t terrible at short, but is much better suited for second.
Finally, the 25-year-old is coming off a career year. In 153 games, Marte slashed .260/.332/.437 with 14 home runs. Marte also has his above-average bat-to-ball skills. He has also showed more and more patience as he has matured at the plate posting a 10% BB rate in Arizona.
Marte still posses all the skills he flashed in his short stint as a Mariner. He has plus speed, which he has yet to harness on the basepaths, but still adds value to his overall game. Marte also posses good bat speed, which may mean that his 14 homers is a legitimate target for him moving forward.
Marte is player that can contribute in all 3 phases: hitting, fielding, and running. If the Mariners can find a new home for Segura or Gordon, Marte should be high on their list. However, with the roster set as it currently is, he may not warrant much more than a courtesy call. Marte would be an exciting get for Dipoto, but it just seems unlikely.