3 shortstop trade targets the Marlins need to focus on

Now that Yamamoto is signed, will the Marlins get a bunch of calls?

Sep 22, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Santiago Espinal (5)
Sep 22, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Santiago Espinal (5) / Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Santiago Espinal - Blue Jays

The Blue Jays are looking for more pitching and the Marlins could fill the need if they can find a way to make it work. The Blue Jays are in the Yamamoto mix right now and that could prevent the whole trade idea from materializing but they are also fighting against some other big teams for his services, so I think there’s a strong chance the Blue Jays still need an arm. 

Santiago Espnial is one name that the Marlins could look at in return for a starting pitcher. Espinal has only played one full season at the major league level, and the other two have been less than 100 games. He has been out for some time with a hamstring injury and an oblique injury this past season. If he is injury prone he could be cheap to acquire and the Marlins can hope he stays healthy. Espinal is crowded out of the talented Blue Jays infield so he needs a place. 

Santiago Espinal was an All Star in 2022 and he hit 25 doubles, 7 home runs, drove in 51 runs all while batting .267 with a .692 OPS. He is very disciplined at the plate, only striking out 14% of the time and his BAbip hovers around .300. The Marlins could really use his services and he could be another great add if they get him. Perhaps a trade with Espinal and another pitcher or minor leaguer  for Edward Cabrera could work out. It’s definitely worth a shot and they could add a lot of potential to the Marlins squad.