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STARLING MARTE RUMORS

Recapping a weekend: when progress feels like treading water and treading water is drowning

Sorry for the lack of WHYGAVS this weekend: I spent the weekend out in the mountains and then when I got back on Sunday, I was far too exhausted to do much of anything other than sit around. Taking the weekend as a whole instead of breaking down into three individual one-game units makes for a curious experience. The Pirates took two out of three from the Braves, a team that they...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

GIFS: Pirates' Marte faceplants, flips, dances

Saturday was far from any typical day at the ballpark for Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.Sure, it was another game day -- something he experiences at least 162 times a year, but it was what took place during the game that made Saturday unique.First, while trying to steal second base (the pitch was fouled off) Marte opted for a headfirst slide and as you can see that may not have...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bear or Bull: Marte’s Power Play

One of the rarest commodities in fantasy baseball is the five category player. Someone who can hit for average and power, steal bases, and provide meaningful contributions in the runs scored and runs batted in categories. Even more specifically, a player who possesses an elite combination of power and speed since counting stats can be somewhat dependent on lineup positioning, and...
Via Razzball
22 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s Wrong With Marte’s Average?

Starling Marte has had an interesting season this far, producing numbers you may have expected more from a power hitting first baseman such as Lucas Duda or Chris Carter. Currently, Marte has as many as home runs as Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Jones, and J.D. Martinez. Of course, that’s not a bad thing. However, he also has just two stolen bases and isn’t inspiring anybody with a...
Via Baseball Professor
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 1

A few thoughts during a Spring Training writing cameo.  (Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit USA Today)  It was over with one swing of the bat; image credit cityofchampionssports As the dust settled on October 2nd after a humbling 8-0 thumping by the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game, most expected the offseason to bring the departures of both C Russell...
Via isportsweb.com
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best outfield in baseball?

As the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to make the post season for the third consecutive year in 2015, their success will ultimately hinge on the production of their most talented unit: the starting outfield. Often touted as one of the best outfields in all of baseball, the trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco will need to deliver big numbers if Pittsburgh hopes...
Via isportsweb.com
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate

Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks. One contributing factor has been that he’s played half the time in an extremely pitcher-friendly ballpark, but this goes well beyond that. […]
Via Fangraphs
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Starling Marte the strikeout machine

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte The Pittsburgh Pirates’ offensive woes continue, and Starling Marte has not been much help in the leadoff spot. The left-fielder leads all the major league with 37 strikeouts, just one month into the season. That puts Marte on pace for about 236 strikeouts, according to NBC Sports. This would easily smash Mark Reynolds 223 strikeouts in 2009...
Via isportsweb.com
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Extending the Marte Partay

The Pirates’ offseason has been extremely disappointing in terms of addressing needs for 2014, but on Tuesday they took another encouraging step for the future by signing Starling Marte to a six year contract extension (with two additional club option years). The deal is worth $31 million and buys out all of Marte’s arbitration seasons and at least one year after he would have...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Extension Offer to Starling Marte revealed

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a history of locking up young outfielders & as we reported recently, they tried to do just that with Starling Marte this past winter.  Marte would have joined an outfield of locked up players that includes Andrew McCutchen & Jose Tabata.  Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports:"The Pirates made at least one offer of a six-year extension to promising...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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