The Pittsburgh Pirates have confirmed left-fielder Starling Marte's spot as a member of the club for the foreseeable future on Wednesday, according to ESPN.
The club and Marte reportedly agreed to a contract extension that is worth $31million for the next six years. Marte exceeded expectations in his first full season last year by hitting for a 280 average and providing a threat in left field. His efforts did not go without reward as the Pirates made the playoffs for the first time in over twenty years.
The Pirates look to contend once again this season with another loaded roster. Now that Marte will be a part of the scene for the next six years, the Pirates can look forward to a base-stealing threat who can also hit for average.
Marte's pay has subsequently skyrocketed thanks to the deal, and he is now expected to make $31million. Before the deal was signed, Marte was expecting to make $512,000 this season, but after the deal was finalized, he could be looking to make around $5million per campaign.
If Marte's spring training stats are any indication, he is preparing to have another phenomenal season in Pittsburgh. With their star man locked up for six more seasons, things look ever brighter in the Steel City.
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