Pirates' Marte offer was for six additional years
Pittsburgh signed Starling Marte to a $512,600 2014 contract, but the club wants to keep him six more years.
According to people familiar with the situation, the Pirates earlier this spring agreed with Marte on a $512,600 2014 deal, which is $12,600 above the minimum and conforms to their formula for pre-arbitration players. But they've been trying to ensure he stays a lot of longer than that. The goal for the Pirates is to lock him up through at least two free-agent years, and a six-year extension on top of the one-year deal he already has in place would do just that.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported that the Pirates had made Marte some multiyear offers, which they said he hadn't accepted.
While there's no word Marte will accept a deal, the sides could still be negotiating.
The Pirates have a history of locking up young outfielders to six-year deals. They gave Andrew McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP, a $51.5 million, six-year deal two springs ago, and also gave Jose Tabata a $15.5 million, six-year deal. The deal for McCutchen was a great success while the one for Tabata hasn't quite worked out as well as expected; he's in the right-field mix, along with Travis Snider.
Marte, McCutchen and talented Gregory Polanco, who was sent to minor-league camp a little more than a week ago, are seen as the Pirates' gem of an outfield of the future. Marte, 25, emerged as a productive player last year when he hit .280 with 12 home runs and 41 stolen bases. He also had a .784 OPS and 83 runs, and he was a finalist for a Gold Glove award.