After reading this article, I thought that it might make sense to analyze it. Obviously there’s zero chance that the Miami Marlins trade Jazz Chisholm Jr., in fact if he makes an adjustment, he will be an elite player and should be extended as soon as possible. I don’t think that he should be traded and certainly for that return. Let’s suppose for a second that we actually consider trading him though…
Jazz Chisholm Jr. is an extension not a trade candidate.
Let me reiterate that I don’t think that the Miami Marlins should trade Jazz Chisholm Jr. I don’t think that it’s even an option that The Fish are considering. The article in question however made me think if there’s a trade for Chisholm that the Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners can actually do.
Obviously The Fish are not undergoing a rebuild so a package of prospects is pointless, even if it consists of the likes of SS prospect Noelvi Marte. We’re also too deep in pitching to look for more pitching prospects. If a trade would happen, it would have to be for a Major League star.
The answer to the above dilemma is pretty obvious: Julio Rodriguez. I mean let’s face it who else? The Miami Marlins need outfield help and Rodriguez can slide right into CF, allowing us to then move Jesús Sánchez into a corner spot. Seattle get a 2B upgrade that they badly need over Adam Frazier and his -0.6 WAR.
The problem for Seattle is that they have more team control over Julio Rodriguez than they would over Jazz Chisholm Jr. The other problem is that Julio has 3.5 WAR and Chisholm has 2.5 WAR. While I believe that Chisholm is the better player, you can see how Seattle might rather trade someone else from their OF logjam instead of Julio. We could then turn second base over to Jon Berti, who is having a breakout season at the moment.
The Miami Marlins won’t and shouldn’t trade Jazz Chisholm Jr., but if we do trade him to the Seattle Mariners, the only suitable return would be Julio Rodriguez.