Pirates agree to extension with Starling Marte


We can wait to see the terms and discuss this more when they come out, but I’ll tell you up front that there’s almost no way that this is a bad deal for the Pirates. Marte is young, has some incredible physical gifts, is a great defender, and could be quite a dynamic player with some improvement at the plate. Honestly, I think it’s a fair argument that (at least for now), he’s the Pirates’ second best position player. Having their two best position players under contract into free agency is a very good thing for the Pirates.

UPDATE: Jim Duquette has more details:



Assuming that six years covers this year (update: it does), that covers all of Marte’s arbitration years and one year of free agency, with the two options giving the Pirates control of Marte’s first three years of free agency. Really, there’s almost nothing not to like about this deal from a Pirate fan’s perspective.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.