The Arizona Diamondbacks and shortstop Ketel Marte have agreed on a five-year extension worth $24 million, according to multiple reports. The deal could go up to seven years and $46 million thanks to a pair of option years after the five-year stint.
Sources: #DBacks, Ketel Marte in agreement on five-year, $24 million extension that includes two option years worth $22 million.— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) March 26, 2018
Possible total value: 7-years, $46 million.
Marte, 24, was called up in July right around the time the Diamondbacks made a move for J.D. Martinez, as they hoped to make a playoff push. Martinez was obviously the catalyst for the Diamondbacks’ hot streak down the stretch, but Marte played a surprising role as well, covering up some injuries to the infield by batting .260 with a .740 OPS over 73 games.
The young shortstop also displayed his value in the postseason, going 7-17 with a home run and a pair of triples during the 2017 playoffs.
Marte played on the left side of the infield when he was called up last season, but will move over to second base with the return of Nick Ahmed. Marte hopes to be part of a solid Arizona infield that includes Ahmed, Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt.
Marte played a full season with the Mariners in 2016 before being traded with Taijuan Walker to Arizona for a package that included Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger.