Ketel MarteRalph Freso/Getty Images
To PHI: CF Ketel Marte
To ARI: RHP Andrew Painter, OF Johan Rojas, LHP Cristopher Sanchez, C Rafael Marchan, IF Nick Maton
The Arizona Diamondbacks balked at trading Ketel Marte at the deadline, but that doesn't mean they won't move him.
"You can't push things," assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye told reporters in early July. "You don't just want to push things through at the deadline just because it's the deadline. I do think there could be different dynamics at play in the offseason than there might be in the next three or four weeks."
Marte, 28, played just 90 games because of hamstring injuries. However, he was one of baseball's best hitters, posting a .318/.377/.532 line with 44 extra-base hits in 374 plate appearances.
He will earn a team-friendly $8 million in 2022 and has club options for $10 million in 2023 and $12 million in 2024. That remaining control makes him one of the most valuable trade chips who could be available.
For the Philadelphia Phillies, a trade for Marte to address their longtime hole in center field would need to start with Mick Abel or Andrew Painter—the team's last two first-round picks. Both are projectable prep right-handers with frontline starter potential. Pairing one of them with outfielder Johan Rojas could get the ball rolling.
"Perhaps the toolsiest player in the Phillies system," Baseball America wrote of Rojas, the team's No. 4 prospect. "[He] has the potential for four plus or better tools in his power, running, defense and arm strength."
Hard-throwing lefty Cristopher Sanchez, catcher Rafael Marchan and utility infielder Nick Maton would provide a trio of advanced pieces for a team that has prioritized MLB-readiness in recent blockbusters.
Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2949283-predicting-1-trade-for-every-mlb-team-during-the-2021-offseason333