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First Pitch: Remember When Marte Was the Answer?

First Pitch: Remember When Marte Was the Answer?

Remember a few weeks ago when Starling Marte was the answer for the Pirates? People were calling for him to be promoted to the majors to help the offense for the remainder of the year.

Now after four games there are suggestions that the Pirates should trade their top hitting prospect.

The rumors came out that the Pirates inquired on Shin-Soo Choo, and that Starling Marte would have to be included in a deal. Choo is currently putting up a .295/.382/.489 line in 370 at-bats, which is in line with his career numbers. The 29 year old is under team control through the 2013 season, eligible for arbitration one final time in 2013. From a value standpoint, Choo would definitely require Marte, and maybe even another prospect. But does it make sense for the Pirates to make the move?

There were a few people in the comments of the article above who suggested the Pirates deal Marte for Choo. The main argument was that Choo was better. There were also arguments that Marte isn't a guarantee. Both ...

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