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Diamondbacks Trade Starling Marte To Marlins

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  • Diamondbacks Trade Starling Marte To Marlins

    PHOENIX -- The Miami Marlins acquired outfielder Starling Marte in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, giving the Marlins a versatile hitter and defender as they try to make a surprising push for the playoffs.

    The Diamondbacks received pitchers Caleb Smith and Humberto Mejia, as well as a player to be named later.

    Marte, 31, played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was an All-Star in 2016 but also served an 80-game suspension in 2017 after testing positive for steroids. The two-time Gold Glove winner in left field was traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason and played well, batting .311 with two homers, eight doubles and five stolen bases while playing center.

    Marte has a $12.5 million option on his contract for next year.

    Smith, 29, has pitched just once this year, giving up one run in three innings on July 25. He was 10-11 with a 4.52 ERA in 28 starts in 2019. Mejia, 23, made his big league debut earlier this year and has a 5.40 ERA in three starts.