July 21, 2024

Given the success of Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres, it’s understandable that General Manager Brian Cashman is aggressive at the trade deadline in search of an upgrade. Torres is having his worst season yet and is presently suffering with a groin ailment. He is anticipated to return to the lineup this week. Torres is only hitting.223/.297/.344, with eight home runs and 33 RBIs, and has an 85 wRC+.

Defensive Struggles Highlight the Need for Change

Torres is well below average this season and has been as unproductive defensively. He had a career-low fielding percentage of.966, 11 mistakes, -4 defensive runs saved, and zero outs above average. In other words, the Yankees may sell Torres for bullpen scraps and try to locate an improvement on the trade market. According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, the Miami Marlins are willing to move Jazz Chisholm Jr.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. as a Potential Yankees Trade Target

Chisholm is having a decent season but has failed to achieve his potential over the past few years. In 87 games, he’s hitting.255/.326/.407 with 10 home runs, 40 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases. He has a 105 wRC+, but Chisholm prefers to play second base and might take over for Torres, especially because he has two more years of control before becoming a free agency in 2027. The 26-year-old lefty ranks in the 98th percentile for base-running value and 82nd in sprint speed.

Speed and Power: Chisholm’s Key Attributes

The Yankees have not stolen a base in 20 games, and Chisholm would provide a remedy in that aspect. However, while his 36.8% hard-hit rate is disappointing, his barrel percentage of 10.9% is respectable. Playing for a terrible Miami team does not instill much confidence or motivation, but Chisholm is entering a season with the Yankees that contains World Series aspirations, which may increase his confidence.

Defensive Comparisons and Trade Considerations

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Chisholm has a.970 fielding percentage in 1308.1 innings at second base, including 18 errors. He’s a decent player at the position and would provide comparable, if not superior, defensive value than Torres.

To get Chisholm, the Yankees would most likely have to give up one of their top pitching prospects along with a few other assets. It is crucial to note that Jazz is not currently a top player, but he has a decent average, underrated power, and excellent base running. If the Yankees can utilize his potential while allowing his character to speak for itself, he may be a valuable asset to a team in need of some dynamism.

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