3 Marlins targets Yankees should chase in Miami deadline fire sale

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Joey Wendle #18 of the Miami Marlins (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

1. Joey Wendle

If you tore your hair out in agony every time Joey Wendle and his bare hands smacked killer singles and gappers against the Yankees as a member of the Rays, then you don’t even need to read the rest of this blurb.

If you still need convincing to get on board, though, know that Wendle has maintained his status as an agitator with surprising pop since being dealt to Miami this offseason. He’s been out of our lives long enough. It’s time for an AL East return — but only for the heroes.

In 160 at-bats this season, Wendle’s hit an even .300 with a 113 OPS+ and 1.6 WAR, per Baseball Reference. Though he’s smacked just a pair of homers, his offensive profile appears to be what people think Isiah Kiner-Falefa is. He puts bat on ball and doesn’t leave the yard very often, sure, but he’s still well above league-average offensively. It’s the dream.

And oh, that versatility! 16 games at second, 19 games at third, 14 games at short — he’s Marwin Gonzalez, but with a stronger portfolio of recent success.

Wendle becomes a free agent after the 2023 season, and two postseason runs with him occupying the role intended for DJ LeMahieu (bench player who rotates around the infield/starts enough to nab 400 ABs) would certainly be worth two top-25 trade chips. Perhaps the ex-Ray would be a great use of two solid prospects on the edge of 40-man contention this offseason who Cash won’t want to lose for nothing? TJ Sikkema and Josh Breaux should get fitted for South Beach attire in the coming days. It’s a match made in Versatility Heaven.