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Is it time to give up on Jesus Aguilar?

MIAMI, FL - JULY 07: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Miami Marlins hits a walk-off home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at loanDepot park on July 7, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 07: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Miami Marlins hits a walk-off home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at loanDepot park on July 7, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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Is it time for the Miami Marlins to give up on designated hitter Jesus Aguilar? I recently wrote an article suggesting that we look for a first base/designated hitter upgrade in the form of Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell. Should Aguilar be traded as I suggested? Is it time to give up on the slugger?

The Miami Marlins should give up on designated hitter Jesus Aguilar.

Jesus Aguilar currently has a 0.2 WAR and a .245/.291/.401 batting line in 72 games and 277 AB’s. He also has 10 home runs and 35 RBI. I think that it’s clear based on that batting line that he’s not exactly having a good season to say the least.

The big problem with Jesus Aguilar is that he’s been historically very inconsistent and it’s just hard to say how he’ll do going forward. He has a career .258/.329/.458 batting line and it’s shockingly not that much better than his current batting line this season.

Jesus Aguilar has had a lot of problems with inconsistency. His best season is still 2018 with the Milwaukee Brewers, when he batted .274/.352/.539, he hit 32 home runs and drove in 108 RBI that year. That was the ONLY season of his 9 year career, that saw him hit 30 or more home runs and drive in 95 or more RBI!

9 years. That is a long time and Jesus Aguilar is already 32 years old! The fact that he only had one truly good season is a red flag upon red flag. It’s certainly bad enough that there’s no reason for The Fish to think about extending him, or to count on much production from him going forward.

If the Miami Marlins can acquire a new first baseman/designated hitter type, it makes all of the sense in the world to turn trade Aguilar. As a bat-first player who only plays first baseman, he doesn’t have enough positional versatility to keep around on the roster.

It’s time for the Miami Marlins to trade Jesus Aguilar and improve our lineup with a better designated hitter. We won’t be able to receive much in return, but an open roster spot will be more valuable at this point.

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