Marte batted .200 (4-for-20) with two extra-base hits, four walks, one RBI and one stolen base over nine Cactus League games. With a new team after being traded from Pittsburgh to Arizona during the offseason, Marte batted leadoff (eight games) or second (one game) during spring action. He's no stranger to the top of the order, but the 31-year-old center fielder predominantly hit third for the Pirates the last two seasons. Wherever he lands, a healthy Marte should get north of 600 plate appearances, offering plenty of opportunities for the five-category outfielder.
Marte started in center field and batted leadoff in Monday's spring game against San Francisco. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. Marte made his debut for the Diamondbacks, who acquired him from the Pirates a couple of weeks prior to spring training. He's expected to be the team's primary center fielder, although his placement at the top of the order was noteworthy. The 31-year-old outfielder was a middle-of-the-order staple for Pittsburgh each of the last two seasons.
Marte was traded from the Pirates to the Diamondbacks in exchange for Liover Peguero, Brennan Malone and international money on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Marte emerged as one of the top options on the trade market once most of the best free agents had been signed. He should slot in at or near the top of the Diamondbacks' lineup and serve as the team's everyday center fielder for all of this season and likely the next, as Arizona will hold a club option for the 2021 season. Marte has stolen at least 20 bases for seven straight seasons and has hit at least 20 homers in each of the last two campaigns, a number which could go up now that he's left a pitcher-friendly park in Pittsburgh. Heading into his age-31 season, he doesn't seem to be slowing down, as he hit .295/.342/.503 for the Pirates last season.
Marte (wrist) is going through his offseason training fully healthy, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Marte's 2019 campaign ended prematurely in early September due to a sprained wrist. It doesn't appear as though the issue will affect him heading into the 2020 season. Whether or not the 31-year-old spends that season as a member of the rebuilding Pirates remains to be seen.
Marte's (wrist) $11.5 million club option for 2020 was picked up Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The 31-year-old hit a career-high 23 home runs with 82 RBI in 2019, so the team's decision to pick up his option isn't very surprising. Once the Pirates gain stability in the front office, Marte could be traded during the offseason if the team can find value as it looks to rebuild.