Oakland A’s: Three players to step up for Ramon Laureano

Jul 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano (22) reacts after popping out in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano (22) reacts after popping out in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Starling Marte

Starling Marte has been everything that the Oakland A’s had hoped for when they acquired him before the trade deadline.

In Marte, the A’s found that dynamic top of the order player that they desperately needed. His strong contact skills and ability to cause havoc on the basepaths were a missing element, something that had held the offensive attack back this season.

He has made an obvious impact from the moment he was acquired. Marte has stolen six bases in just eight games and is already third on the team in the category. Add in his excellent outfield defense, respectable power, and all around game, and it is clear why the A’s brought him in.

It is also clear that Marte’s acquisition looms much larger now. The A’s need him to continue to be that sparkplug atop the lineup, Anyone can have a hot start when switching leagues, but this needs to continue for the rest of the season if the A’s are going to continue to hold a spot in the postseason.

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Starling Marte was an important acquisition for the Oakland A’s. In the wake of Ramon Laureano’s suspension, his presence is even more vital.

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