Is Jesus Sanchez likely gone from the Marlins outfield?

Will the young outfielder remain on the Marlins roster or will he be a trade piece?

Sep 8, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Jesus Sanchez (7) smiles
Sep 8, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Jesus Sanchez (7) smiles / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami Marlins have a confusing combination of outfielders on the roster and one of them has to go in favor of a bigger bat. The centerfield position is locked up with Jazz Chisholm, so long as he’s healthy, and left field seems locked up with Bryan De La Cruz, right field is the question. The Miami Marlins need someone to replace Jorge Soler’s bat and the easiest spot to do that in is the outfield, so who is out?

Jesus Sanchez could be the Marlins best trade piece

The Marlins dropped Garrett Hampson and are now left with Avisail Garcia and Jesus Sanchez and I can’t imagine the Marlins will be able to trade away Garcia. Then it’s Sanchez who is the odd man out, and he would have some trade value. Could the Marlins ship Sanchez somewhere to acquire a shortstop with power, I would say most definitely. 

Sanchez is entering his fifth year with the Marlins and last season over 402 plate appearances he hit 14 home runs and drove in 52 RBI while hitting .253. He would have decent trade value and certainly would be more amenable for teams to take on as he’s under team control until 2028. 

The Marlins have to do something to get a decent shortstop and the free agent market is slim pickings. The Brewers could have a need for an outfielder if they are having a fire sale of veterans for younger players. If Rowdy Tellez’ departure leaves an opening at DH Sanchez could fill that role. The Marlins will have to look far and wide for a trade partner to fill the shortstop need, and Sanchez seems as good as gone. 

The Marlins new leadership in Peter Bendix will be looking to put his stamp on the team and now is the perfect time to make a big trade. The Rays traded away Sanchez when Bendix was with him and so it's easy to imagine him trading him a second time to fill the Marlins needs. I will say however, if Bendix can somehow trade Garcia instead of Sanchez, everyone will sing his praises.

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