SEATTLE — The Mariners are showing interest in Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte, according to a report in the Beaver County (Pa.) Times.
The report also said it’s “unclear if the Pirates are willing to part with their left fielder after signing him to a five-year, $31-million contract in spring training.”
The Pirates have a surplus of outfielders — they recently optioned Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis. The report also says they are interested in right-hander pitcher Taijuan Walker and two Tacoma infielders, Nick Franklin and Chris Taylor.
Marte, 25, would, potentially, fill the Mariners’ need for an impact right-handed bat, although he is having a disappointing season: a .255/.328/.385 slash (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage.)
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He has five homers and 34 RBIs in 86 games. Some attribute his disappointing season to dealing with the deaths of a close friend and his mother-in-law.