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Marcell Ozuna agrees to one-year, $18 million deal with Braves

Marcell Ozuna

The Atlanta Braves are moving right on after Josh Donaldson’s departure.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reported on Tuesday that free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna has agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

Ozuna, perhaps the top remaining bat on the market, hit .241 with 29 homers and 89 RBIs in 130 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season. He had been extended a $17.8 million qualifying offer by the Cardinals, who will now receive draft pick compensation for his exit.

The signing marks a victory for the Braves, who went 97-65 last season, as they had been after Ozuna along with other free agent power hitters.

Report: Braves to pursue Marcell Ozuna, Nick Castellanos after losing Donaldson

Marcell Ozuna

The Atlanta Braves have a big hole in the middle of their lineup now that Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins, and some have wondered if the team could try to pull off a blockbuster trade to make up for that. However, they do not appear to be thinking that big.

Jim Bowden of CBS Sports reports that the Braves are likely to shift their attention to free agent outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Nick Castellanos after they lost Donaldson. While they could pursue a trade for either Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant, they do not want to deplete their farm system.

Castellanos hit .289 with 27 home runs and 58 doubles in time split between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs last season. One report claimed the Texans Rangers were the favorite to sign the 27-year-old, but he would be wise to wait and see if more offers come in now that Donaldson is off the market.

Ozuna also had solid power numbers last season with 29 home runs and 89 RBI, though he hit just .241 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Either player could provide the Braves with some pop in the middle of their lineup.

Marcell Ozuna was late to Cardinals’ game after oversleeping

Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna was scratched from the St Louis Cardinals’ lineup for the team’s game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday after oversleeping.

According to the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Ozuna was not at the stadium before the game, causing concern within the team. The Cardinals actually sent someone to Ozuna’s apartment to make sure he was OK, and they found him sleeping. He was awakened and then came to Busch Stadium, albeit late.

“(I) came to the park and said sorry to my teammates, to my coach,” Ozuna said, via the Post-Dispatch. “Everybody can make a mistake. We are human.”

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took it easy on Ozuna, saying he made a mistake and was contrite. And even though the outfielder did not play in the game, he was ready to pinch-hit in the ninth inning.

Ozuna is in his first year with the Cardinals. The 27-year-old is batting a disappointing .253 with just three home runs. He also overslept once when he was with the Marlins.

Ranking the best moves of the MLB offseason so far

Giancarlo Stanton

There are still plenty of big names left to move during the MLB offseason, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen an active start to hot stove season. Many moves have already been made, and several teams have improved markedly even before Christmas.

Here are the 12 best moves of the offseason so far — moves which could pay off for their teams both immediately and down the line.

12) Nationals keep Brandon Kintzler on the cheap

The Nationals’ bullpen issues have been the stuff of legend over the last several years, so it’s huge for them to be able to retain a solid reliever in Kintzler. He helped stabilize things significantly after his acquisition last season, posting a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings. Kintzler isn’t a huge strikeout guy and he won’t overpower anyone, but he gets hitters out. The Nationals only paid $10 million over two years for his services — a relative bargain.

11) Dee Gordon could be a solution for the Mariners

The Mariners didn’t give up any high-level prospects for Gordon, which is a pretty solid deal for a career .293 hitter who won a batting title in 2015. He’s led the league in stolen bases three times as well. The big question is how he’ll adapt to a new position. The Mariners intend to move Gordon to center field to ensure that Robinson Cano can stick at second, and it’s an open question as to how that will go. If Gordon is successful in center, this move will be successful for the Mariners.

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Report: Marcell Ozuna traded to Cardinals

Marcell Ozuna

The St. Louis Cardinals were unable to acquire Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Miami Marlins this offseason, but they have come away with a nice consolation prize.

According to multiple reports, the Cardinals and Marlins have agreed to a trade centered around outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

The Cardinals had gotten deep into discussions with the Marlins about a Stanton trade, and the only thing standing in the way of a completed deal was Stanton waiving his no-trade clause. St. Louis is loaded with prospects and the Marlins have been trying to unload any players with hefty salaries, so the trade is not a surprise.

Ozuna, who batted .312 with 37 home runs, 124 RBI and an OPS of .924. last season, made $3.5 million in arbitration in 2017 and will be in line for a much bigger salary in 2018 and 2019. He drew interest from some other teams, but ultimately the Cardinals and Marlins made the most sense after what happened with Stanton.

Cardinals, Marlins reportedly making progress on Marcell Ozuna trade

Marcell Ozuna

The St. Louis Cardinals got deep into discussions with the Miami Marlins about acquiring Giancarlo Stanton, but the NL MVP did not want to waive his no-trade clause to make the deal work. Perhaps the groundwork that was laid can now be used to facilitate a Marcell Ozuna deal.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals and Marlins are making progress on a trade involving Ozuna.

The Cardinals had reportedly agreed to the framework of a deal with Miami for Stanton, so it makes sense that the two teams would still want to do business. St. Louis is loaded with prospects, and the Marlins are determined to unload some — if not all — of their players with big contracts.

Ozuna has been an All-Star two seasons in a row and is entering his second year of arbitration. He made $3.5 million in arbitration last season and should be in line for a much bigger salary in 2018 and 2019. The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, batting .312 with 37 home runs, 124 RBI and an OPS of .924.

We have heard some other teams mentioned in trade talks with the Marlins for Ozuna, but the Cardinals may make the most sense after what happened with Stanton.

Marlins reportedly pushing a Marcell Ozuna trade

Marcell Ozuna

The Miami Marlins are stripping down their team by trading away anyone making a hefty salary, and next on their list apparently is Marcell Ozuna.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says the Marlins are pushing to trade Ozuna.

Ozuna has been an All-Star two seasons in a row and is entering his second year of arbitration. He made $3.5 million in arbitration last season and should see a big bump in pay for 2018 and 2019, which would make him more expensive than the new-look Marlins would like.

The 27-year-old outfielder would make for a great acquisition if he can duplicate his success from 2017. Ozuna had a breakout season and batted .312/.376/.548 with 30 doubles, 37 home runs, 93 runs scored and 124 RBIs, all of which were career-highs.

The Dodgers have been mentioned in trade talks with the Marlins for Ozuna.

Report: Dodgers, Marlins discussing Marcell Ozuna trade

Marcell Ozuna

With Dee Gordon and (more notably) Giancarlo Stanton already on their way out of Miami, another player may be the next victim of the Marlins’ fire sale.

Dustin Nosler of Dodgers Digest reported on Saturday that the Marlins are discussing a possible trade of outfielder Marcell Ozuna with the Los Angeles Dodgers, though nothing is imminent at the moment.

The 27-year-old Ozuna made his second straight All-Star team in 2017, batting .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs. We know that the new Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman-led ownership group down in Miami seems desperate to slash payroll. That could be good news for the Dodgers as it gives them a window of opportunity to land another big bat like Ozuna (assuming that this other California team doesn’t get to him first).

Oakland A’s reportedly interested in Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna

The Miami Marlins appear to be open for business for trades, and the Oakland A’s are one of the teams that would like to take advantage.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reports that the A’s have interest in Marlins outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich.

Slusser reports that the A’s have some money to spend and would like a right-handed bat. Ozuna fits that profile. He is 26, still under team control for the next two seasons, and he really came into his own last year by slugging 37 home runs while batting .312.

Yelich bats left-handed, but the 25-year-old is an extremely desirable player. He produced an .859 OPS in 2016 and .807 OPS last season. He also batted third in Team USA’s WBC lineup, indicating just how highly regarded he is as an all-around hitter. Yelich is signed through 2021.

The A’s reportedly are looking to move Khris Davis to DH, which would open up a corner outfield spot.

Reports have said that the Marlins’ new ownership group is looking to cut their payroll, which is generating trade interest. The St. Louis Cardinals are another team reportedly interested in some of the Marlins’ top players.

Marcell Ozuna believes Giancarlo Stanton can hit 70 home runs

Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna thinks very, very highly of teammate Giancarlo Stanton’s massive power.

So highly, in fact, that he isn’t ruling out Stanton hitting 30 homers in the next month and a half.

Ozuna said Saturday that he believes Stanton, who hit his 40th home run of the season in a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, is capable of making it to 70 homers this season, putting him at the doorstep of Barry Bonds’s single-season record.

“He can get 70,” Ozuna said, via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. “Why not? The way he’s going right now?”

Stanton is on pace to hit 56 home runs this year. His 40th dinger already set a new career high, but he’s probably not making it to 70. Even 60 would be a stretch.

Ozuna and the Marlins should enjoy Stanton while they can, given trade rumors are likely to intensify now that the team is set to come under new ownership.