Miami Marlins: Predicting the Starting Lineup post-2021 MLB Trade Deadline
By Matt Melton
1B – Lewin Diaz
With current first baseman Jesus Aguilar as one of Miami’s top potentially trade candidates, the Marlins should hand the starting role over to their No. 6 prospect after this year’s deadline. Diaz has appeared in 11-games so far this season with the big league club, and is currently slashing .230/.308/.545 in Triple-A with 14 HR’s and 36 RBI’s in 165 at-bat’s.
2B – Jazz Chisholm
Despite even a potential opening at his natural position, Chisholm will most-likely remain at second base where he may be preferred to remain long-term. While the Marlins’ deadline plans could affect who fills the second base spot on August 1, Chisholm makes the most-sense here when you look toward Miami’s future.
SS – Miguel Rojas
Holding a team-option for the 2022 season, Rojas will be one of the most interesting players to monitor at the shortstop position leading up to the July 30th deadline. While it is unknown whether or not Miami will even trade their long-time shortstop, I’ll say that Rojas will remain a Marlin.
3B – Brian Anderson
Currently nearing a return to the field from a stint on the IL, it’s unlikely Anderson is dealt at the deadline meaning the 28-year old will resume his normal starting role at the hot-corner. Also sporting a career-low .687 OPS when he went down with an injury, expect Anderson to turn things around quickly at the plate after his return.