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Marte, Diamondbacks agree five-year, $76 million deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to anchor their offensive future on Ketel Marte’s bounty of talent.

The club announced on Tuesday that they have inked Marte on a five-year, $76 million deal that will start in the 2023 season and include a team option for 2028 that could be worth up to $13 million.

It’s a significant financial commitment for a franchise chasing higher-spending players like the Dodgers and Padres in NL West.

“I don’t think it escaped anyone that he’s our best player,” said general manager Mike Hazen. “We talked about what we need to do to win and turn back from where we are today and that’s what you do with elite players.

“Ketel is certainly an elite player,” he said.

Marte, 28, has clearly been the D-backs’ top hitter in recent seasons. The only problem was keeping him on the field. Marte batted .318 with 29 doubles and 14 homers last season despite being limited to 90 games due to hamstring injuries.

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He was one of baseball’s best players of 2019, hitting .329 with 32 home runs and finishing fourth in NL MVP voting.

“It’s a special moment for me,” said Marte. “The organization knows what they have in me. It’s something I’ll carry with me even after I retire — that trust they put in me.”

Marte is also a good defender at multiple positions, although the D-Backs are hoping to play him primarily at second base this season.

Hazen said it’s important to secure Marte a long-term contract as the team tries to prepare for playoff competition again. Arizona lost 110 games last season, which was the second-worst year in franchise history. The D-Backs last made the playoffs in 2017 and won their only World Series title in 2001.

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