Marlins move Jazz Chisholm to center field
The miami marlins They made their long-awaited trade of a starting pitcher for a hitter this Friday afternoon, sending Venezuelan right-hander Pablo López to Minnesota as part of a deal for fellow countryman Luis Arraez. Shortly after finishing the exchange, Miami General Manager Kim Ng, told reporters that the newly acquired infielder would take over as the primary second baseman. All-Star Jazz Chisholm Jr. will move from cornerstone to center field.
It’s an interesting tactic for Miami, which will indirectly address their uncertain mix of center field with today’s trade. It’s a surprise to see the Marlins pull the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Chisholm out of the middle of the infield:
The 24-year-old (25 next month) established himself as the organization’s No. 1 player with a .254/.325/.535 average in the first half before suffering a stress fracture in his back that ended with the season. He later also underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Signed as a shortstop prospect from the Bahamas, Chisholm has only played mid-infield as a pro. He’ll take on the outfield on the fly next season, with more than a month of spring training action to acclimate him to the new position.
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With zero outfield experience, it’s impossible to know how Chisholm will take the different readings and angles he’ll need to learn as an outfielder. Miami clearly trusts him to polish up those aspects of his game quickly while relying on their elite athleticism in the interim: