The Diamondbacks and Ketel Marte are in arrangement on a five-yr, $76MM extension, for each Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. (Twitter
one-way links) Stories emerged yesterday that Marte and the club had been talking about an extension, and it appears there is now a offer in put, pending a bodily. Marte was currently below club manage by means of 2024, by way of a $8.4MM salary this yr, adopted by club possibilities valued at $11M in 2023 and $13MM in 2024. For every Rosenthal, those options are now confirmed, but with different salary figures. The extension will operate by the 2027 marketing campaign, with Marte earning an supplemental $51M. There is also a club alternative for 2028, for every Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, with escalators based on efficiency and health that could maximize the worth of the agreement.
Immediately after a dismal 2021 year that noticed just about every little thing go improper and the club end with a record of 52-110, speculation turned to Marte and whether the D-Backs would hard cash him in for a substantial prospect haul. Nevertheless, the club insisted they experienced no fascination in tearing down their roster for rebuilding needs, intending in its place to proceed hoping to make a profitable team around their recent core. This extension solidifies that program of motion, preserving Marte all over by his age-33 time, with the possibility likely adding but another calendar year just after that.
Right after generating his MLB debut in 2015 at the age of 21 and spending a few of seasons in Seattle, Marte was obtained by Arizona together with Taijuan Walker, in trade for Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura and Zac Curtis. This was one particular of the first moves in the tenure of Mike Hazen, who experienced just been named the club’s basic manager the thirty day period prior. Marte’s initially season in the desert was a lackluster a person, as he strike just .260/.345/.395, wRC+ of 89. Nonetheless, Hazen doubled down on his religion in Marte by signing him to a five-calendar year, $24MM extension four decades ago. That religion was promptly rewarded, as Marte experienced a a great deal improved campaign in 2018, hitting home runs and slashing .260/.332/.437, wRC+ of 104. The following calendar year, he was able to consider his video game to incredible new heights, launching 32 homers, thieving 10 bases and hitting .329/.389/.592. That amounted to a wRC+ of 149 and 7. fWAR, with Marte coming fourth in NL MVP voting.
Even though his effectiveness dipped in the pandemic-shortened 2020 year, he proved that to be a fluke with a 2021 that was much more like his prior period. He skipped time with hamstring issues and only got into 90 game titles, but hit 14 house runs and slashed .318/.377/.532 for a wRC+ of 139 and 2.9 fWAR.
With Marte now firmly entrenched at the keystone for the foreseeable long term, the club can concentration on setting up a aggressive roster around him. That will not be an quick job, thinking about the scenario in the division. Very last year, the Dodgers and Giants every single won above 100 games and ought to continue on being strong groups likely ahead. The Padres underperformed final 12 months but are however loaded with talent and could complete much better this time all-around. The Rockies have experienced a rough go lately but have shown a willingness to shell out in buy to check out and keep rate, as evidenced by the modern signing of Kris Bryant.
The Diamondbacks have lots of gifted gamers under their command for a number of seasons, such as Daulton Varsho, Carson Kelly, Josh Rojas and Zac Gallen. They also have a effectively-regarded farm method, with prospective customers Geraldo Perdomo and Alek Thomas likely doing work their way into the mix shortly, adopted by Corbin Carroll and Jordan Lawlar down the road.
Payroll wise, there is no explanation the D-backs simply cannot be intense in the remaining many years of this extension, as this extension is now the only funds on the textbooks over and above 2024. Even for the latest campaign, their Opening Day payroll is only slated to arrive in all-around $93MM, for each Jason Martinez of Roster Resource, and only $51MM fully commited for future year. Contemplating that they’ve gotten that quantity as substantial as $132MM in new many years, for every Cot’s Baseball Contracts, there should really be plenty of room for aggressive moves in the several years to arrive.