OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s have acquired outfielder Starling Marte and cash considerations from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jesús Luzardo, the club announced today.
Marte is batting .306 with a .407 on-base percentage in 63 games with Miami and ranks second in the National League with 22 stolen bases. He missed over a month of the season with a fractured rib but has the fourth best on-base percentage and seventh best batting average in the NL among players with at least 250 plate appearances. Marte is also hitting .317 with runners in scoring position and .463 since the All-Star Break. The 33-year-old is tied for second among NL outfielders with six assists and has 69 outfield assists dating back to 2015, which are the most in the majors over that span.
Marte has played 10 seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh (2012-19), Arizona (2020) and Miami (2020-21) and is a .288 career hitter with 121 home runs, 472 RBI and 271 stolen bases in 1,077 games. He was named to the NL All-Star Team in 2016 and won back-to-back Gold Gloves in 2015-16. The right-handed hitting native of the Dominican Republic is the only player in the majors with at least 20 stolen bases in each of the last eight full seasons and is one of four active players with at least 100 career home runs and 200 career stolen bases.
Luzardo was on the A’s Opening Day roster and was 2-4 with a 6.87 ERA in 13 games, including six starts, when he was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas June 21. He is currently 2-2 with a 6.52 ERA in eight starts with the Aviators. The 23-year-old left-hander was acquired by the A’s from Washington prior to the 2017 trading deadline and was 5-6 with a 4.79 ERA in 31 games, including 15 starts, in three seasons with Oakland.