Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Ketel Marte could be traded and the Colorado Rockies are a fit
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Ketel Marte is, probably, their best player when healthy, making a trade to the Colorado Rockies unlikely. However, considering that Marte is entering what could be his contract year, the Diamondbacks could look to trade him soon.
Marte, 28, was injured in 2021 with a hamstring strain and a hip injury so he only played in 90 games but he was still very good. He hit .318/.377/.532 with 29 doubles, 14 homers, 50 RBI, and an OPS+ of 143. That pace for 162 games would be 52 doubles, 25 homers, and 90 RBI, which is exactly the bat the Colorado Rockies need.
In 2020, he was not as good as he only hit .287 with a .732 OPS and an OPS+ of 97 in 45 games but he was one of the best players in the NL in 2019.
He played in 144 games in 2019 and he had 36 doubles, nine triples, 32 homers, and 92 RBI. He had a slash line of .329/.389/.592 and an OPS+ of 149. That coupled with 7 DRS helped him have a 6.9 rWAR season. He was an All-Star and came in fourth in NL MVP voting.
For the Rockies, they like catchers being versatile but really, they like as many versatile players as they can and Marte is that. In the last three years, he has played center field (171 games) and second base (144 games) the most but he has played 13 games at shortstop in the last three years after playing 262 games at shortstop in the previous four seasons.
Marte is entering the last guaranteed year of a five-year deal and in 2022, he is slated to make $8.4 million. After that, there are two team options for $8 and $10 million for each of the next two seasons so the Rockies could have some controllability with him.