Ketel Marte is someone that the Chicago White Sox should consider for second.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are another team that figures to be a seller at the trade deadline. They find themselves in last place in the National League West once again.
Ketel Marte has been the Diamondback’s second baseman for the majority of the season. Over the course of his career, Marte has been an excellent hitter. In seven major league seasons, he is a career .284 hitter, with 72 home runs and a .798 OPS.
In 2019, Marte was named to the National League All-Star team. He finished the season with a .329/ .389/.592 slash line. Marte blasted a career-high 32 home runs to go along with 92 RBIs. He was awarded the Diamondbacks MVP that season for his efforts.
The 28-year-old has always been able to hit for average. In 2021, he hit .318 with a .909 OPS. In the White Sox hitter-friendly park, he could see his power surge return.
Defensively, he is also an upgrade. He owns a career .986 fielding percentage. Not only can Marte play second base, but he can also play outfield, shortstop, and third base.
With the White Sox’s depleted farm system, it may be tough for them to put a trade package good enough to acquire him but his bat would be a game-changer in the White Sox lineup. He is a major upgrade over Leury Garcia and Josh Harrison.