This proposed Marlins-Blue Jays trade for electric star will absolutely never happen

May 7, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2)
May 7, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At 11-32 entering the day, there's little doubt that this year's Miami Marlins are going nowhere. In fact, they've already traded away Luis Arraez, sending him to the Padres for a package of prospects, seemingly waving the white flag and it's only May.

Miami made it to the postseason last year as the ultimate underdog, but things are going the complete opposite direction in 2024. The Toronto Blue Jays are 19-22 and also in last place in their division, but all hope is not quite gone ... yet.

With the club so close to .500, it's fair to say that their trade deadline could go either way. There are avenues in which they sell assets and some that involve a buyer's approach. In a recent piece from Bleacher Report, the Blue Jays and Marlins line up on a trade that sends some notable big leaguers and top prospects to new homes.

And it would never, ever happen.

Proposed trade between Blue Jays, Marlins will absolutely never happen

In this deal, the Marlins' face of the franchise Jazz Chisholm Jr. would be heading north of the border to play center field and/or second base for the Blue Jays. Here's the rest of the package and which parts would be moving where.

  • Blue Jays receive: INF/OF Jazz Chisholm Jr.
  • Marlins receive: RHP Alek Manoah, SS Arjun Nimmala (Jays Journal No. 2 prospect), INF/OF Addison Barger (JJ No. 4)

Chisholm, 26, might be young, full of potential and controllable, but he hasn't exactly shown enough to warrant a deal including two top prospects and Alek Manoah, who may just be on the come-up after his latest outing against the Twins.

In 42 games this year, Chisholm has five home runs and 21 RBI with a .763 OPS and 115 OPS+. He's been a fine player but he struggles on defense and brings yet another left-handed bat to a Blue Jays lineup that doesn't need another one. He is not set to hit free agency until the conclusion of the 2026 season, which will boost his value but also price himself out of the Blue Jays' grip, which is not a bad thing considering the proposed package of players heading to Miami.

One solid start for Manoah is absolutely, positively not enough to convince me that he's all the way back. However, it was encouraging to see. He struggled mightily last year and in his first big league outing of this season, but in his last start he went seven innings without allowing an earned run (three un-earned) and six strikeouts. He's got potential to turn things around and while he's a change-of-scenery candidate, it doesn't feel like this is the package to flip him in.

Farther down the list are the two top prospects that BR thinks the Jays should send to the Marlins. In a farm system devoid of many notable names, moving on from two of the only ones fans know is certainly a bold move.

Barger, 24, has 18 big league plate appearances under his belt and while he only registered one hit, he flashed a decent glove and has continued to perform well in the high-minors. In 24 games at the Triple-A level, he's got 14 extra-base hits and has walked (18) more than he's struck out (17) while boasting a smooth .921 OPS. His ability to play the corner infield and outfield adds to his value and there's a rather easy to see path to playing time for him at third base in the not-so-distant future.

Nimmala, 18, was the Blue Jays' first-round pick in last year's MLB Draft. The sky is the limit for what this kid will do as a professional, so flipping him now is a rather large question mark. Through his first 38 games as a pro, Nimmala has 10 XBH with a .642 OPS. He's got all of the potential in the world and should continue to rocket up top prospect lists as he develops.

This deal would not be a franchise-shattering one from the Blue Jays' perspective, but there's simply no need to move on from two top prospects, and two prospects that the organization holds in high regard. Chisholm is a fine, potentially All-Star-caliber player, but he simply does not move the needle enough and this is an absolute fleece-job by the Marlins.