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Starling Marte traded by Marlins to A’s for LHP Luzardo

Wed Jul 28 2:36pm ET

Miami Marlins' Starling Marte draws a bases-loaded walk to score John Curtiss during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


MIAMI (AP) Outfielder Starling Marte was traded Wednesday by the Miami Marlins to the Oakland Athletics for left-hander Jesus Luzardo.

Marte, 32, is batting .306 with an .859 OPS and 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts. The Marlins will cover nearly all of his remaining contract for 2021, and he becomes a free agent after this season.

Miami made the deal after it was unable to reach an agreement with Marte on a contract extension.

Luzardo is 2-4 with a 6.87 ERA in 13 games, including six starts. He was sidelined for four weeks in May after he broke the pinkie on his pitching hand when he thumped a table while playing a video game.

Oakland began the day six games behind Houston in the AL West. The Marlins are last in the NL East and expected to make more moves before the trade deadline Friday.

Marte was an All-Star for Pittsburgh in 2016, and the A's are his fourth team. He joins an outfield that also includes Ramon Laureano and Mark Canha.

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