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Seattle Mariners trade rumors: Starling Marte trade a reality for Mariners?

Starling Marte is a young outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Starling Marte is a young outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Seattle Mariners trade rumors indicate the team is trying to acquire Starling Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now these Seattle Mariners trade rumors don't seem to come with a lot of confirmation, though a report from Lookout Landing on Tuesday (July 22) is claiming that the team is trying to land him. A deal like this would land the team a right-handed hitting left fielder that could also bat first or second in the batting order very easily. The question is just how much reality is held in these reports.

Marte is having a down season for the Pirates, posting a .258 batting average and .328 on-base percentage. He does have 26 extra-base hits and 21 stolen bases to his credit, though, and provides plus defense in either corner outfield slot. This could mean that he would be an improvement over Endy Chavez and Dustin Ackley for the M's if a deal was to be struck. He would also create a tandem with James Jones at the top of the order that could drive opposing pitchers crazy on the basepaths.

Most fans want to know what other players are included in these Seattle Mariners trade rumors. At the top of the list are Taijuan Walker and Nick Franklin as parts that would be dealt. Both players would likely work very well for Pittsburgh, but the package also probably wouldn't end there. A third prospect or one of the good relievers in the Seattle bullpen would also have to be included as well. As least this is what the rumors floating around social media have seemed to indicate.

Adding to this story is the fact that the Pittsburgh Pirates don't have Starling Marte in the lineup for Tuesday night's game, lending itself well to the believably of the recent rumors. The big question is why would the Pirates want to give up any of their three elite outfielders? It's possible that the team has become desperate to acquire more pitching, but a player like Walker might not help in the short-term. Locking up Marte in a long-term deal during Spring Training also seems to point toward this deal not happening.