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Starling Marte traded to A’s from Marlins

Starling Marte

The Oakland Athletics are the latest team to add a bat to their lineup for a potential playoff run.

As first reported by Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, the Athletics are finalizing a trade to acquire outfielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that the A’s were sending pitcher Jesus Luzardo to the Marlins in exchange for Marte.

Marte is a big upgrade for the A’s, but he doesn’t come cheap. He’s still owed just over $4.5 million for the remainder of the season. The 32-year-old is hitting .306 with seven home runs and 22 stolen bases on the season. He has spent the bulk of his career as a center fielder, but may have to shift to left or right in order to accommodate Ramon Laureano.

The Marlins will be happy to come away with Luzardo, who was considered a top-ten prospect in Major League Baseball as recently as 2020. The 23-year-old has not lived up to that billing yet, having posted a 6.87 ERA this season in part due to allowing 11 home runs in just 38 innings. He also suffered a somewhat bizarre injury that didn’t help matters either. The Marlins will be happy to bet on the young lefty, who still has plenty of time to fulfill his promise.

The A’s sit at 56-46, six games back in the AL West and one game ahead of the Seattle Mariners for the AL’s second Wild Card spot.

A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo suffers bizarre video game-related injury

Jesus Luzardo

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jesus Luzardo might have some explaining to do after suffering a bizarre video game-related injury.

On Sunday, the Athletics placed Luzardo on the IL with a left hand fracture. Manager Bob Melvin later stated that Luzardo broke his pinkie finger after hitting it on a desk while playing a video game prior to Saturday’s start.

Expect some people to have some doubts about this story. After all, video games have been known to cause frustration, and frustration can sometimes lead to some regrettable injury-inducing accidents. Still, even if it’s a freak accident, it’s one of the stranger ones we’ve heard about lately.

The 23-year-old Luzardo is one of Oakland’s top young prospects. It’s not clear how long he’ll be out, but a fractured pinkie on his throwing hand probably doesn’t signal a quick return. That, and the manner of how it happened, has to be frustrating for the A’s.

10 MLB players off to a hot start in spring training

Hunter Pence speech

You can’t always draw much from spring training statistics. The hitters are usually ahead of the pitchers, and the star players are generally more focused on working on process and physical fitness than actually getting results. The sample sizes are small, and there are plenty of reasons a good spring isn’t a solid indicator of a good season to come.

That said, there are guys who are fighting for roster spots and looking to impress managers and coaches, and teams do factor in spring training performances when making key roster decisions. It’s far from irrelevant, and it can certainly set players off on the right foot for a strong year ahead. Here are ten players who are impressing so far in spring training.

10) Jacob deGrom, P, Mets

The biggest name on the list, deGrom looks like his usual strong self in spring training. That’s not nothing, as many pitchers in particular use spring to test out pitches and work on things without really worrying too much about the results. deGrom is doing that, but he’s getting results anyway to the tune of 15 strikeouts and just two walks in 12 innings. He looks poised for another excellent season, and the Mets should probably get that contract extension done or face the consequences.