According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for Starling Marté.
In return, the Pirates get pitching prospect Brennan Malone and shortstop prospect Liover Peguero. Malone was the 33rd overall pick in last year's draft and a highly-touted prospect out of Bradenton, FL. At 6-foot-4 inches, the 19-year-old righty has an above-average fastball that averages in the 90s and occasionally tops out in the high 90s. Malone also has a slider, curve, and a change up that needs further development.
Peguero is an exciting prospect as well. According to Baseball Reference, in a combined effort from Rookie Advanced ball in Missoula and Class A in Hillsboro, the Dominican Republic prospect hit a slash line of .326/.382/.485 and had a solid OPS of .866. Liover also combined for 47 runs in 249 plate appearances and had 11 doubles, 5 triples, 5 homers, and 38 RBI. Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs delved into a short synopsis of both Malone and Peguero for Fangraphs, which helps provide color on these potential future stars.
Starling Marté has spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and at 31 years of age, it remains to be seen how well the trade will pan out for the D-backs. Often, a simple change of scenery is enough to spark a new fire into even a seasoned player, and Marté showed signs last year of a spark or two. According to Baseball Reference, 2019 saw Marté hit a solid .295 with 23 homers and 89 RBI. The 8-year veteran was an All-Star in 2016 and has collected two Gold Gloves.