The Miami Marlins have had a pretty busy offseason by their standards, but last week they made a blockbuster trade that highlighted their winter.
Miami traded starting pitcher Pablo Lopez to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez. However, the Marlins already had an All-Star second baseman on their roster in Jazz Chisholm Jr.
When the trade broke, many at first believed Arraez would move to third base. It was soon revealed that he would continue playing second in Miami, however, and that Chisholm would be the one to change positions, moving to center field.
Usually in this situation, the incoming guy is the one who has to change positions, as the incumbent usually gets the benefit of the doubt, like when the New York Yankees moved Alex Rodriguez to third base in order to keep Derek Jeter at shortstop.
While neither of these guys compared to Jeter or Rodriguez, of course, they are both premier second basemen, which is one of the thinnest positions in baseball right now.
So why did Chisholm get moved to center field? Apparently, it was his idea all along.
Jazz Chisholm Position Change
The 24-year-old star made the suggestion to the team earlier this offseason after he practiced in center field during an informal workout held by the team. His speed made him look like a natural out there catching fly balls and Chisolm, knowing the Marlins were still searching for someone to play the position, suggested himself.
This opened the door for GM Kim Ng to make the trade for Arraez from a Twins team that can't decide if it's trying to compete or rebuild.
Regardless, Miami's offense heads into this season much improved over last year with Arraez now on board, and Chisholm's versatility and selflessness had a lot to do with it.
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