1 player the St. Louis Cardinals should steal from each NL West team

Miranda Remaklus
Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after the third out of the fourth inning against Wilmer Flores #41 of the San Francisco Giants in game 5 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after the third out of the fourth inning against Wilmer Flores #41 of the San Francisco Giants in game 5 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 01: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks tosses his bat after being called out on strikes against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Chase Field on October 01, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 01: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks tosses his bat after being called out on strikes against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Chase Field on October 01, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Arizona Diamondbacks: Ketel Marte

If the Cardinals find themselves in need of a shortstop or second baseman this season, getting a player of the caliber of Ketel Marte could be fun.

In 2021, Marte hit .318/.377/.532 with a +139 wRC, 14 home runs, 50 RBI, 29 doubles, and 31 walks in 90 games played. He had a hard-hit rate of 48.4% and only had 60 strikeouts with a 16% K-rate. He had an average exit velocity of 91.1 mph, a 1.9 mph increase over 2020.

This season will be the last of a five-year deal worth $24 million, although he will have club options for 2023 and 2024.  The switch hitter will enter his age 28 season this year. He is currently day-to-day with irritation in his left eye that is preventing him from fully participating in baseball activity.

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