I’ll start off with this. I have no idea if Tommy Edman is available, or if the Cardinals would be interested in trading him away. It’s the offseason, and sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a bit. If the Mariners offered enough to pry their second baseman away and fill a big hole on the team, would it be worth it? Would they do it?
Honestly, I think the Mariners would be interested, even if they had to give up a bit. Second base has long been a problem for the Mariners, and Tommy Edman checks a lot of boxes.
He’s only 26, he’s got a good glove, great speed, a fair amount of pop, and a low strikeout rate. Why wouldn’t you want a guy like that? Again, that might make it hard for the Mariners to get him from the Cardinals, but I wanted to throw a couple of proposals out that I think would be tempting.
The Mariners definitely need a second baseman. They could continue playing Abraham Toro there, but he’s more comfortable at third base. Toro is still pretty young and could continue to grow and improve, but that’s a story for another day.
Edman would make more than just a great double-play combination with Crawford up the middle, he would provide a great one-two leadoff duo as well. Follow them up with France, Haniger, and a FA signing, plus Kyle Lewis, and you have a pretty darn good lineup all of a sudden.
So, what would it take to get something done for Edman? Let’s take a look at a couple of potential trades that the Mariners could offer to the Cardinals to draw and pluck him away.