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Pirates Called “Potential Suitor” For Surprising All-Star On Trade Block

Could the Pirates land a star in the near future?

The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t too far away from playoff contention.

After winning its last two games and five of its last ten, Pittsburgh currently is sitting at 44-47. Although the Pirates are eight-and-a-half games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central, they still have a chance at making the postseason.

Pirates fans should have a lot of hope for the team right now with the emergence of All-Star pitcher Paul Skenes and with the 2024 Major League Baseball trade deadline approaching, things could get even better for the team. The Pirates are expected to be active at the deadline and have even been called a “potential suitor” for Miami Marlins All-Star center fielder/second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. by CBS Sports’ R.J. Anderson.

“The Marlins began their latest teardown earlier this summer, spinning Luis Arraez to the (San Diego Padres) for a four-player package,” Anderson said. “There’s no reason for new top executive Peter Bendix to stop there, and Jesús Luzardo’s injury leaves Chisholm as Miami’s top trade chip. He should be in high demand based on a simple summation of his profile: he’s a 26-year-old with center-field athleticism and an above-average career OPS+.

“Chisholm is under team control for an additional two seasons after this one to boot, making him more than a rental. As with Robert, the other top center fielder available, Chisholm has had his share of durability problems; we just don’t think that’s going to prevent a trade. Potential suitors: (St. Louis Cardinals), (Cleveland Guardians), Pirates.”

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Miami rapidly is approaching a rebuild and Chisholm is by far their most attractive trade piece. In 87 games so far this season, Chisholm is slashing .255/.326/.407 with 10 home runs, 40 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases.

If the Pirates could land him to help bolster the outfield, they would be in a significantly better place down the stretch as they push for a Wild Card spot.

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