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Should Red Sox pursue Starling Marte amid reported interest?

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The Boston Red Sox' offense doesn't have many holes, but that hasn't stopped chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom from exploring his options.

Bloom and the Red Sox recently expressed interest in trading for Miami Marlins outfielder Starling Marte, Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal reports.

Boston has plenty of competition for the 32-year-old veteran: McAdam reports the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants all have contacted Miami about Marte, who's batting .303 this season and is an excellent defensive center fielder.

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The Red Sox have gotten strong center field play from Kike Hernandez this year and have a promising talent in recent call-up Jarren Duran, who's scored six runs in seven games while making six starts in center field.

But Marte is a proven talent who would give Boston a solid table-setter (.288 career batting average over 10 seasons) and a base-stealing threat (21 steals in 62 games this year). He'll also be a free agent when his six-year, $31 million contract expires after this year, so he's a potential rental option for Bloom and Co. as they gear up for a playoff run.

While the Red Sox likely would have to give up young talent to acquire Marte -- FanSided recently suggested a deal involving outfield prospect Gilberto Jimenez and pitching prospect Brayan Bello -- they may have to trade prospects or risk losing them anyway in the Rule 5 draft this winter. If Bloom can find the right combination of prospects to make a deal work, then adding Marte could be a low-risk, high-reward play for a team with championship aspirations.

 

The MLB trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, so the clock is ticking if the Red Sox want to make a midseason splash.