Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Diamondbacks re-bet on Keitel Marte’s talent with new contract extension

August 23, 2021;  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Usa;  Arizona Diamondbacks Center Fielder Keitel Marte (4) Reacts At Third Base Against The Pittsburgh Pirates During The First Inning At Pnc Park.  Mandatory Credit: Charles Leclaire-Usa Today Sports

For the past few years, rival scouts have praised the Diamondbacks’ form system, for the organization’s position-player depth, and for the number of pitchers that have emerged with major league-caliber baggage.

The only knock has been one of pure bounce: Which of the position’s players, the appraisers have wondered, is the superstar around whom the Diamondbacks can build?

Whether or not that player exists in their system, the Diamondbacks believe they already have such a player on their major league roster – and they are indicating they are looking to build around him for the next half-decade. are planning.

Sources say Diamondbacks and second baseman Keitel Marte are in agreement on a five-year, $76 million extension, a deal that will begin next season and run through 2027. The contract includes a team option for 2028. The deal is scheduled for Monday pending a physical exam.

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