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Starling Marte not in Marlins’ lineup amid trade rumors

Starling Marte

Trade rumors surrounding Starling Marte will likely increase after he was not in the lineup on Monday.

The Miami Marlins did not start Marte against the Washington Nationals even though he is one of their best players. Marte’s day off comes a day after talks about the Marlins being prepared to trade the outfielder emerged.

On Sunday, Craig Mish reported that contract extension talks between Marte and the Marlins ended, allowing the Marlins to explore trade options.

Marte reportedly turned down a 3-year, $30 million contract extension offer from Miami. Several teams have interest in the former Pirates All-Star.

Miami acquired Marte in a trade with Arizona last year. The 32-year-old is batting .285/.387/.444 with an .831 OPS this season. He has seven home runs and 19 stolen bases and has won two Gold Gloves during his career.

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