Athletics acquires Starling Marte from Miami Marlins in exchange for Jesus Luzardo
The Oakland Athletics obtained center fielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins in return for left-hander Jesus Luzardo on Wednesday.
The Marlins likewise sent money considerations to Oakland. The measure of cash wasn’t unveiled, yet sources disclosed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan that Miami sent more than $4 million to Oakland to cover the rest of Marte’s agreement.
“We felt like Starling was frankly the best position player that was out there on the market,” A’s general manager David Forst said before the team’s game in San Diego. “We’ve always said when the team performs and puts itself in a playoff position, it’s on us to do whatever we can to try and help them.”
The A’s, who started the day six games behind AL West pioneer Houston, likewise gained left-gave reliever Andrew Chafin this week from the Chicago Cubs.
“We’ve added two really solid pieces to help this team over the next two months,” Forst said.
Marte, 32, is hitting .306 with seven homers and 25 RBIs and has 22 stolen bases in 25 endeavors for the Marlins. He missed time this season with a fractured rib.
“New horizons open, and I will continue to give my best wherever I go,” Marte tweeted.
Luzardo, 23, is 2-4 with a 6.87 ERA in 38 innings pitched. He has shown up, including six beginnings. He was sidelined for about a month in May after he broke the pinkie on his pitching hand when he thumped a table while playing a video game.
Marte, who is a profession .288 hitter, is planned to turn into a free agent after this season. Luzardo is under group control through 2025.
Miami made the deal after it couldn’t agree with Marte on an contract extension.
The Marlins are toward the end in the NL East and are required to take more actions before the trade deadline Friday.
Marte was an All-Star for Pittsburgh in 2016, and the An’s are his fourth team. He joins an outfield that likewise includes Ramon Laureano and Mark Canha.