Pirates Willing to Part With Starling Marte, Not Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: World Future's All-Star Starling Marte #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at bat during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh PIrates would include outfield prospect Starling Marte in a trade package for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Justin Upton, reports Jason Stark of ESPN.

Marte is hitting .286 with an .839 OPS, 10 home runs, 55 RBI and 57 runs scored for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. The center fielder has 18 stolen bases, but has also been caught stealing 12 times.

Last season, Marte led the Doule-A Eastern League in batting (.322), hits (178), doubles (38) and outfield assists (18). Baseball America ranked Marte as the 73rd-best prospect in the game before the start of the season.

Pittsburgh's unwillingness to part with Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 pick of the 2011 draft, and Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 pick of the 2010 draft, will likely keep them from adding Upton, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

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