32-year-old Miami Marlins outfielder Starling Marte is reportedly "likely" to be traded as the MLB's July 30st trade deadline nears, and the Phillies are one of the teams to check in on Marte, according to Jon Heyman.
Marte is in the final year of his six year, $31 million deal and he is looking for an extension, but hopes of him getting it from Miami are reportedly fading.
Marte is hitting .285/.387/.444 this season with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 56 games. For his career, Marte is a .287 hitter, spending most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In his last four games against the Phils, Marte went 7-16 a HR, 4 RBIs, 5 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases.
The Phillies are now 47-45 after taking three of four from the Marlins in their first series following the All-Star break. They trail the Mets by just 2.0 games in the NL East, and Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made it clear his club is going for it.
"We're not in a position where we're looking to move players off our team," he continued. "Anything can happen in 10 days or two weeks. I mean, if all of a sudden — and I don't like to take this scenario — if you lose 10 games in a row, well that might be one thing that's a little bit different. Or if you win 10 games in a row, it's a little bit different. But we're in a position where we're in this and we're gonna try to make our club better here over the next time period."