The New York Yankees could really use a center fielder. Ever since Aaron Hicks went down with a wrist injury, the position has been problematic for the Bombers, who have had to field Aaron Judge there because the best fit there, Brett Gardner, is slashing .206/.311/.316.
That is why the Yankees have been connected to the two Martes, Ketel and Starling, from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Miami Marlins, respectively.
Marte, who is currently 32, will be a free agent after the season, and while he has voiced his interest to remain in Florida, the Marlins rarely commit to aging, pricey free agents. The team is still undecided about which path they will take this year, as they enter Wednesday in the last place of the NL East division.
What could the Yankees give to Miami?
If Miami decides to make Marte available, teams know he will be a rental. The Yankees could be very interested, but at what price?
Here is what the Miami Herald had to report on Wednesday (per NJ Advance Media):
“We’re told the Marlins would be comfortable with a two-year deal, perhaps for something in the $30 million range. But if Marte wants something in the range of three years and $40 million or four years and $50 million, the expectation is that the Marlins would walk away. … If the Marlins determine by July 30 that they won’t be able to agree on a new deal and if they’re not in realistic contention for a wild-card berth, they likely will explore trading their best hitter. Miami probably could command a front-line prospect in return.”
While the Yankees do have front-line prospects they could potentially offer, it’s doubtful they will do it for a rental.
Even if the Yankees do commit to Marte long-term, they would have questions, mostly surrounding his advanced age.
Marte is a two-time Gold Glove winner, hitting .321 this season with five home runs and 16 RBI this season.
Will the Yankees be willing to include a prospect such as Oswald Peraza, or Yohendrys Gomez, for Marte? Should they?