Pirates Tried to Extend Starling Marte Through the 2020 Season

Over the weekend we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates tried to extend outfielder Starling Marte, but that Marte has turned down two extension attempts. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the Pirates tried to extend Marte for six years, which would start after his one year deal in 2014. That extension would put Marte under team control through the 2020 season.

The extension would have covered Marte’s final league minimum year, his three arbitration years, and his first two years of free agency. That’s the same time frame as Andrew McCutchen’s extension, although McCutchen signed his deal heading into his final league minimum year. Heyman didn’t report any financial details for the six-year offer.

Currently the Pirates have McCutchen and Marte both under team control through the 2018 season. Gregory Polanco is expected to arrive and join those two this summer, and would be under team control through the 2020 season.

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  • csnumber23

    Hopefully they can get it done! I would love to see that outfield together thru all there respective primes.

    • emjayinTN

      cs#23: I agree and I really like the positive move on the part of NH to let Starling know how much the Pirates think of him. This has to be a tough number because the years are there, and this kid posted a 1.1 WAR in a partial season in 2012, and then a 4.6 WAR in his first full ML season in 2013. Roughly value of $5.7 mil on the 2012 number and $22 mil on the 2013 number? I would hate to have to put those numbers out there, but he is a very, very talented OF and offensive threat.

      • csnumber23

        I agree completely and I still think he is going to get a lot better. I hope they get him locked up as soon as possible. I think it sounds promising that the Bucs are trying to get this done and that Starling is open to the idea. Even though it is said that he turned down 2 offers, I get the idea they may have been close since the reports seem to indicate they are still working on it. It may be wishful thinking but that is the impression I get.

  • stickyweb

    This is really interesting since I think a lot of us thought Marte would be a fairly easy extension sign, due to his low initial bonus. I can’t wait to hear what number they offered him. I’m sure the Bucs came in low, leaving room to move up during negotiations. Surely Marte didn’t want to take their first offer, but it could be telling that he’s turned down 2 offers already. Hopefully this gets done at a reasonable price so both Marte and the Bucs have some security. I wonder how much impact the Braves and other’s recent signings are influencing Marte. The Bucs would probably go with numbers similar to Cutch’s, but that shipped may have sailed by now.