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Pirates have Starling Marte on trading block

Pittsburgh's Starling Marte is being discussed in deals for Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo.

July 28, 2012
  • Pittsburgh's Starling Marte rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run on the first pitch of the first inning in his first big-league game on Thursday.
Pittsburgh's Starling Marte rounds the bases after hitting a solo… (Pat Sullivan / Associated…)

Despite homering on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte could be on the move. He's being discussed in deals for Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo. … The Washington Nationals expect Jayson Werth back next weekend, possibly as early as Tuesday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit. He could be a big part of the story line in September and October. … The Chicago Cubs' Bryan LaHair is a possibility for the Baltimore Orioles as they search for ways to improve at the infield corners. Their primary target is San Diego's Chase Headley but a lot of teams are after him. … The Oakland Athletics came close to getting Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins and could wind up with Yunel Escobar from the Toronto Blue Jays. General Manager Billy Beane is serious about upgrading, with shortstop and catcher among the glaring needs. … A.J. Griffin, one of 17 rookies the A's have used, is the first A's pitcher to start his career with six quality starts since Jesse Flores in 1943. … Casey Stengel's former home in Glendale is on the market for $2.4 million. The house sits on one acre and features five bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a pool and tennis courts. … One reason the Colorado Rockies moved Marco Scutaro to the San Francisco Giants is so they can turn second base over to Josh Rutledge, who is playing short while Troy Tulowitzki is on the disabled list. Rutledge could be a big part hitting in front of Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

— Phil Rogers

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