1. Ketel Marte
Save us, Not Andrelton Simmons. You’re our only hope!
We haven’t heard quite as much about Marte since the beginning of the offseason — or, honestly, the trade deadline, when everyone and their mother made the connection that the young All-Star was languishing on the D-Backs.
Now 28, Marte is still under club control through 2024 (using team options) and he’ll cost a true haul to obtain. Yes, more than two years of Matt Olson and Oakland’s pitching surplus.
He also hasn’t been a full-time shortstop since 2016 with the Mariners, mostly making cameos at the position while playing center field and second base in the intervening years, during which time he became an offensive star. Fourth place in the MVP voting in 2019, combined with a 143 OPS+ last season (though with only a 1.8 WAR…), make it obvious Marte’s offensive talent is no fluke.
In essence, a Marte trade is a Correa/Story alternative that also adds thunder to the middle of the diamond, though probably at either second base or center, paving the way for a stopgap shortshop/Gio Urshela shift.
And, yes, Gleyber Torres is probably a part of this trade package, simplifying things a bit from a positional Tetris perspective.
So, what deal would Yankee fans rather complete, because this likely is an “either/or”: three top prospects and two back-end top 30 names for Olson and Bassitt, or Torres/Peraza/Medina/Wells for Marte, providing insurance for Aaron Hicks?