The Pirates should extend Starling Marte. Photo credit: David Hague

I was discussing Starling Marte on Twitter this afternoon with Travis Sawchik of the Trib and Charlie of Bucs Dugout, and we got on the topic of extensions. Marte currently has less than a year of service time, and at the end of this season he will have a little over one full year. We all agreed today that Marte should be extended, perhaps as early as yesterday. But the list of offensive players who have received such extensions with less than two years of service time is very limited, so it's hard to get an idea of what Marte would be worth.

I took a look at all of the offensive players with less than two years of service time who received extensions since 2008. MLBTR's Extension Tracker was a huge help, and thanks ...

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