Ranking 5 potential Pittsburgh Pirates outfield trade targets

The Pirates desperately need outfield help, and the outfield trade market should have some decent options. But who are the best and most likely trade targets the Pirates will go after?
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No. 4: Jazz Chisholm

The Miami Marlins already made one big trade this season when they sent infielder Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres. Still, it seems likely they're far from done, and could look to move center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. this July.

Chisholm is having another solid year in the box, batting .260/.327/.429 with a .327 wOBA and 111 wRC+. He's hitting for above-average power with 11 homers in 327 plate appearances with an isolated slugging percentage of .169. Chisholm had an ISO above .200 in 2022 and 2023, so there's definitely room for more pop. Although his 25.7% strikeout rate is below average, it is an improvement over 30.8% from last year. He also has a solid 8.2% walk rate.

Originally a middle infielder, the Marlins moved Chisholm to center field last year. Defensive metrics have been mixed about his ability, however. DRS hasn't graded his glovework out well at -16, but OAA paints him in a more positive light at +4. Although he might not be a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, he's held his own after moving to a new position just last year.

Chisholm also only has two years of control left in 2025 and 2026. However, he is still affordable, given the outfielder is still in arbitration. He's still fairly young, as he'll only be heading into his age-29 season when he hits free agency. Chisholm has a lot of potential as well, formerly ranked as a consensus top 100 prospect and posting some very good numbers in 2022 and during the second half of 2023. 

One thing that might bog his value down is his injury history. He hasn't played more than 100 games in a season since 2021. He played 60 games in 2022 and 97 last year. So far this year, however, he has been healthy, appearing in 79 contests with 327 plate appearances.

Chisholm isn't going to be cheap. He'll likely come at a lesser cost than the fifth and final player on today's list, but the Pirates would probably have to include one of Braxton Ashcraft, Thomas Harrington, or even Bubba Chandler in a trade for the flashy Marlin. The hype machine, which isn't always matched by production, will do that to you. Ultimately, given his bat, potential, and contract, Chisholm would be a great player to go after. Just not quite as feasible as some other options.