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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Tommy Edman - Cardinals

The Cardinals are looking to add pitching and the Marlins could be a natural trade partner. The Cardinals utility man Tommy Troy is rumored to be on the trade block as a potential swap for a pitcher since the Cardinals have an abundance of infielders and a need for arms. Edman would be an amazing fit for the Marlins and he would greatly upgrade the offense. Edman is also a controllable player, as he is set to become a free agent in 2026 and so he would provide stability at the position. 

Edman has hit double digit home runs for the past three seasons and last year he tied his career high with 13. That might not seem like a lot but for a shortstop replacing Joey Wendle who hit two, it’s a big upgrade. Tommy Edman also hit 25 doubles, drove in 47, and swiped 27 bags while hitting .248 with an OPS of .705. He is also a solid fielder, winning a Gold Glove in 2021 for second base and he was a finalist last year for utility player. 

Edman is a solid hitter and controls the plate, striking out only 16% of the time last season and he is a ground ball first hitter at 50% of the time, and evenly spreads the rest of the time between fly balls and line drives. The Marlins could easily slide him right into the 2 hole in the lineup and he could be a threat on the base paths to get in scoring position for the heart of the lineup. This option is the ideal option for the Marlins, I would say even over Willy Adames. Since Yamamoto signed with a team the Marlins could provide the next big pitching acquisition so hopefully that ramps up here soon in the next week. 

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