5 position players the Cleveland Guardians should target at the trade deadline

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3. Jazz Chisholm Jr. - Miami Marlins

Admittedly, this is a bit of a pipe dream. and this is mostly rooted in the report from the Miami Herald's Craig Mish that the chances of a potential trade of Jazz Chisholm Jr. are growing. There are very few opportunities for a team to acquire a player of Chisholm Jr.'s caliber and contract status (two arbitration-eligible years remaining after 2024), and both should be of interest to the Cleveland Guardians. 

Chisholm Jr. is going to catch the eye of just about every team looking to add should he actually be made available for trade, but that does not mean the Guardians should bow out of a bidding war if one were to take place. Cleveland is clearly in a spot on their competitive timeline which indicates they should be making aggressive moves at the deadline in order to make a deep postseason run, and making a trade for someone like Chisholm Jr. would certainly qualify as aggressive.

From a glance, Chisholm Jr.'s numbers this season are not spectacular, slashing .255/.326/.407 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, and a 102 OPS+. However, there is a difference between having to be The Guy in Miami, compared to the third or most likely fourth guy in Cleveland. The rest of the roster is the primary difference between the two ballclubs, and a better group around Chisholm Jr. in Cleveland could very well result in his statistical performance at the plate improving dramatically.