MLB trade talk: 5 contending teams who should trade for Nationals 3B Jeimer Candelario

Jul 3, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Jeimer Candelario (9) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 3, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Jeimer Candelario (9) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Miami Marlins, Jean Segura
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1. Miami Marlins

Speaking of surprises so far this season, the Marlins are 53-39 and occupy the top Wild Card spot in the National League at the All-Star break. They’ve also done it without one of their best players, Jazz Chisholm, for a big chunk of it and he’s going to be out again for a bit.

To put it simply, and maybe too mildly, Jean Segura is not cutting it offensively for the Marlins at third base, with a .216/.282/.264 slash-line … and he needed a four-game hitting streak, and three straight multi-hit games, going into the break to get there. He hasn’t been a positive defensively either, with a -0.5 dWAR via Baseball Reference contributing to his overall -1.5 bWAR. Segura has been a detriment and a negative, in virtually any area you can see.

Neil Raymond of FanSided’s Marlin Maniac was in on Candelario as a potential trade target for the Marlins weeks ago. In contrast to Segura, Candelario has posted a 2.7 bWAR so far this season (yes, that’s a difference of over four wins).

There’s no way the Marlins will see anything in Segura’s little hitting streak going into the All-Star break. The options to upgrade at third base between now and the trade deadline start with Candelario.

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