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Luis Arraez trade: Marlins shuffle infield, move Jazz Chisholm Jr. to center

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On Friday, the Miami Marlins acquired infielder Luis Arraes from the Minnesota Twins in a four-player trade that exported veteran starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and top prospect Jose Salas (as well as an intriguing young outfield prospect). The natural reaction to the trade was to wonder exactly how the Marlins intended to use their collection of infielders. Luckily, GM Kim Ng revealed their plans and here’s a teaser: they’re looking to move Jazz Chisholm Jr. to center field.

You read it right. Chisholm, who has never played in the outfield as a pro, was one of two potential inside options to take over as shortstop after a recent deal that sent Miguel Rojas Jr. to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Another candidate, Joey Wendl, appears to have won the job by default. Elsewhere in the infield, Ng said newly acquired Arraes would likely see most of his action at second base, with free agent signing Jean Segura taking charge at third base.

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It’s worth noting that all of the aforementioned players – Chisholm, Wendle, Arraes and Segura – will play new major positions in 2023 compared to their assignments last season. Namely, Arraes’ main position in 2022 was first base; Chisholm and Segura’s shop was second; and Wendl was third. The Marlins are betting that these players will be experienced adapters.

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Chisholm, for his part, he seems to have an enviable attitude to this whole change of position. Craig Misch tweeted that the new outfielder told him he planned to “go out, play in position and win the Golden Glove”. This last part can be overzealous, but it’s preferable to a dark look.

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Of course, the real question for the Marlins is whether the compromises they will make defensively are worth the gains they hope to achieve offensively. It’s too early to tell for sure; at the very least, it’s fair to say they’re up against a pretty tough battle trying to usurp the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, or Philadelphia Phillies in the Eastern National League pecking order.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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