The Phillies acquired reliever Yunior Marté from the San Francisco Giants last offseason for left-handed pitcher Erik Miller. The Phillies had high hopes for Marté with his blazing fastball, which averages 98 mph and tops out at 100 mph. They expected him to become part of a strong bullpen core along with José Alvarado, Seranthony Domínguez, Gregory Soto, and Craig Kimbrel, blowing hitters away with their heaters.
However, Marté would end up struggling with the Phillies for much of the 2023 season in his various stints with the ballclub. Overall, he pitched to a 5.03 ERA with a staggering 1.63 WHIP, giving up 22 earned runs, including six home runs, 17 walks, and 38 strikeouts in just 39 1/3 innings pitched. As a result, he was left off the Phillies’ playoff rosters.
His spot on the 2024 roster is highly in doubt as well
With the availability of a plethora of solid relief options currently in free agency, the Phillies would definitely rather go with someone who has proven to be consistent and effective and could help the team right away than wait and see what they have with Marté.
Therefore, look for Marté to be dangled as potential trade bait this offseason, as he could be attractive to a team that is willing to give him some time to develop further and become the effective flamethrower many thought he could be.