The Giants center fielder, supported by Steven DuggarDuggar’s recent streak has hit 0.262 0.337 / 0.420 this season, but Duggar’s 0.398 average on balls in play and 31.8% strikeout rate indicate a likely regression on the horizon. Left field was actually a bigger issue, as the Giants set up a 0.219 / 0.295 / 0.394 collective hitting line from that position. These struggles are due in large part to Alex Dickerson, who could lose playing time if Marte or another outfielder is acquired.
Marte, a free agent at the end of the season, earns $ 12.5 million this season and still owes around $ 5 million of that sum until the end of the season ($ 4.37 million as of the deadline). He is 0.288 / 0.389 0.447 with a career-best 11.8% walk rate, seven homers and 19 goals stolen in 245 home plate appearances so far in 2021. He has missed about five weeks with a rib fractured earlier in the season, but has looked healthy and productive since returning in late May.
From a payroll standpoint, the Giants don’t have to worry about acquiring Marte or almost any other player. San Francisco has around $ 151 million on the books for 2021 and only around $ 158 million in luxury tax obligations, leaving them miles away from the $ 210 million barrier. This is also an ownership group that has in the past given the green light to salaries above $ 200 million, so there is ample room to support a salary in any deal. .
The Giants have a solid farm system, although when we talk about a rental player, a large supply of minor league prospects isn’t necessary anyway. Mish suggests that the outfield’s best prospect Héliot Ramos, in particular, interests the Marlins – but that would be a pretty high price to pay for a rental from Marte. The Marlins do, however, have a few relievers that could pique the Giants’ interest; Giants chairman of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi undoubtedly knows the former Dodgers very well Yimi Garcia and Dylan Flore from his days at the Los Angeles front office, for example.
Miami is also rich in young starting pitchers. For a Giants club that could see almost all of their rotation hit free agency this winter – Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, Johnny cueto and Aaron Sanchez are all free agents – the Marlins and their impressive crop of young starting pitchers appear to be a solid business partner.
Due to the lack of center players in the market, the Giants will have a lot of competition for Marte. He’s been connected to the Yankees, Phillies, and Astros before, and there are several other contenders who could be looking for help in central field – or just outfield in general. Marte is certainly a capable defender at center, but he would fit in well in a corner for a team looking to improve their roster more generally. The Padres are said to be looking for improvements in the right field. The Mets have been linked with assist in center field throughout the season, and the White Sox have also been hit hard by outfield injuries. The Giants are as tough as anyone, but the competition will be important.