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Would trading Jazz Chisholm Jr. be the Marlins' biggest mistake or a smart move for the future?

The MLB trade deadline (30th July) is coming closer. Among different prospects that could be traded, Marlins Jazz Chrisholm Jr is increasingly discussed. Despite his comeback performance in the 2024 mid-season, the Miami Marlins are struggling at the bottom of the NL League East. Therefore, with a team that is looking for a change, Chisholm might be the player up for trade. 

Also, Marlins compiling a 32-58 record with 26 games behind the Phillies is not an impressive stat. The gap is huge, and the front office might need to change significantly. To open up some trade rumors, top MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal talked about the lad’s future. Could he be the one who will be traded before the deadline, or do Marlins have other plans?

MLB’s top insider thoughts on Jazz Chrisholm Jr’s trade rumors

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Chrisholm Jr’s versatility might be a good option for other teams looking for a good outfielder. Especially in the second half when most teams find it difficult to replace their star prospects with another one. Looking into a possible Chrisholm trade, Ken Rosenthal shared his insights at the Foul Territory TV. Speaking about the trade of Marlins Jazz Chrisholm Jr, Rosenthal noted, “Chisholm is going to get traded, I don’t think there’s much question about that. The only question is which team? Would he fit for the Yankees at second base? Sure he would, and he would give them more speed and athleticism.”

The Yankees are surely struggling big-time. Since the mid-June, the team has lost 17 out of their last 23 games and is not in a comfortable position. Though Gleyber Torres is still there, adding Chrisholm might boost their outfield power. 

Further, the reason behind Miami Marlins trading Jazz Chrisholm Jr could be his unstable form. His hard-hit rate, chasing rate, and strikeout rates have been well below average, and his last All-Star appearance was in 2022. He only played 60 games, but in 2024, the 26-year-old Marlins outfielder has come out stronger, delivering impeccable numbers. 

He has achieved a career-best .326 on-base percentage and is also a strong runner among the bases. Also, he scored in the 82nd percentile when it comes to speed from the 2022-24 season. Still, if the Marlins want to trade him, other teams might see Chrisholm Jr as one of their prime prospects. 

Three teams that could go for Chisholm Jr. before the MLB trade deadline

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Riding on the wide rumors that the Marlins will sell all their assets before 30th July, the Jazz Chrisholm Jr trade might be possible. If that’s the case, the Milwaukee Brewers could be in contention to grab the future star. Currently, they are leading the National League Central by 4.5 games. If the team looks to go past the St. Louis Cardinals, they might need a solid outfielder. Especially after the injury of Garrett Mitchell due to a fractured finger, Chisholm Jr. might just be the right fit. 

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Secondly, the Cleveland Guardians are leading the AL Central by five games. However, their center-field contribution to their success has been far less. As per Fangraphs, the team is ranked 22nd position for the center field position. Fortunately, if they could get the Marlins outfielder, Chisholm, it could work for them. He is fast and agile, and would not charge like other blockbuster deals. 

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Lastly, a team with a center field problem, the Philadelphia Phillies, would love to have Jazz Chrisholm Jr. Despite having a stellar 2024 mid-season with a PCT of .648, they have struggled in the outfield department. Possibly, amid trade rumors, if they could get Jazz, he could be the perfect player for the team. Eventually, the trade deadline is three weeks away, and the Miami Marlins don’t have much time. For a change, the team could look to trade Jazz Chrisholm Jr. and rework their assets to build a better team, for the next year.

Will the Marlins trade their prime player Jazz Chrisholm Jr, or will he continue to play for them? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!