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Marcell Ozuna | Outfielder | #23

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 234
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals and OF Marcell Ozuna avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9 million contract.
Acquired from the Marlins via trade last month, Ozuna is arbitration-eligible for the second time. He batted .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI during a breakout 2017 campaign. Jan 12 - 2:48 PM

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Cardinals acquired OF Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano.

St. Louis was considered a frontrunner in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes before the 2017 National League MVP declined a move there (and to San Francisco) and used his no-trade clause to land comfortably with the Yankees. Ozuna is a pretty nice fallback for the Cardinals, coming off a breakout 2017 season that saw him register a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control through 2019 via salary arbitration. He figures to bat third or fourth in the St. Louis lineup in 2018 and should prove to be a significant offensive upgrade for his new team.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 02:32:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that RHP prospect Zac Gallen and LHP prospect Daniel Castano are also heading to the Marlins in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

It appears the full deal is now Gallen, Castano, outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra and right-handed pitching Sandy Alcantara. Gallen is the better prospect of the two newest names -- a third-round pick out of North Carolina in 2016 who has shown three above-average pitches and pounds the strike zone with them. Castano is a left-hander who was taken in the 19th round in 2016, and projects as a back-end starter or reliever at the next level.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 06:05:00 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Marlins have traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

Miami will reportedly get pitching prospects Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen, and Daniel Castano in return, along with outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra. Ozuna broke out with a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season and represents a massive upgrade for the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control via salary arbitration through the end of 2019.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 01:03:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals are "making progress" on acquiring Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins.

Miami is very familiar with the Cardinals' farm system and what St. Louis might be willing to give up from the failed discussions for Giancarlo Stanton, so this deal could come together pretty quickly. Ozuna, 27, posted a breakout .312/.376/.548 batting line with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season with the rebuilding Fish. He is under contractual control through 2019.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich has denied rumors that the Rockies are engaged in trade talks for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald mentioned the Rockies as a suitor for Ozuna on Tuesday morning. A couple hours later, Bob Nightengale of USA Today pegged the Cardinals as the favorites to acquire the 27-year-old slugger. There's also believed to be interest coming from the Rangers, Nationals, and Blue Jays. Ozuna posted a stellar .312/.376/.548 batting line with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season for Miami and he is under control through 2019.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 04:50:00 PM

The Cardinals have emerged as the favorites to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Nightengale notes that "no decision" has been made yet, but chatter has picked up since the club was able to trade Giancarlo Stanton. It's worth remembering that the Cardinals were in the mix for Stanton, so the Marlins already have a pretty good idea about what they like in the club's minor league system. Ozuna has also draw interest from the likes of the Rangers, Nationals, Rockies, and Blue Jays.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 02:09:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Rockies and Blue Jays are also interested in Marcell Ozuna.

Add them to the list along with the Rangers, Cardinals, and Nationals, among others. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Marlins are trying to trade Ozuna and reliever Junichi Tazawa in order to get their payroll in the $85-90 million range. Tazawa had a rough first season with the Marlins and is owed $7 million next year, so they might try to pair Ozuna with him in order to shed his salary. There's enough chatter with Ozuna to suggest that a deal could get done this week.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:55:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers have checked in on Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

Joe Frisaro of reported Monday that 6-8 teams have expressed interest in Ozuna and the Rangers are apparently one of them. We know that the Cardinals, Giants, and Nationals have also checked in. Ozuna, who is under team control for two more years, could be the next major name moved by Miami.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 09:15:00 AM's Joe Frisaro reports that the market for Marcell Ozuna "is starting to build."

About 6-8 teams have expressed interest in Ozuna, including the Nationals, Cardinals and Giants, according to Frisaro. He also notes that "there isn't any urgency" from the Marlins to trade Ozuna, but they're willing to if the right offer comes along. Ozuna is under team control for two more seasons.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 06:34:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and Marlins have discussed Marcell Ozuna in trade talks.

The Cards were unable to talk Giancarlo Stanton into waiving his no-trade clause, but they could still find the impact bat they're seeking with the Marlins in Ozuna or possibly Christian Yelich. Ozuna, 27, is coming off a monster season that saw him bat .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI. He has two more years of arbitration eligibility before reaching free agency.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 08:58:00 AM

The Athletics are likely to target Marlins outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna via trade this offseason, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Slusser says their preference is for a right-handed hitter, which makes some sense, but the offense isn't good enough to be picky. With the Marlins almost assuredly to be in rebuilding mode this offseason, it wouldn't be a surprise to see either Ozuna or Yelich end up on a different roster for the 2018 season. Ozuna's rocky history with the Marlins could make him the most available as well, and after his outstanding .312/.376/.548 line in 2017, he could return a few nice prospects in return. Both contracts are also worth considering, as Ozuna will be a free agent after 2019, and Yelich is owed over $46 million over the next four years.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 09:43:00 PM

Marcell Ozuna launched his 37th homer of the year Sunday in the Marlins' loss to the Braves.

It was a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ozuna also drove in a run on a groundout in the bottom of the fifth, finishing the season finale 1-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. The 26-year-old outfielder posted an excellent .312/376/.548 batting line across 159 total games in 2017.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:45:00 PM

Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, a walk, and a run scored in Friday's 6-5 victory over the Braves.

Ozuna is finishing the year strong. The 26-year-old had a two-run double in the sixth inning and added another run with a single in the seventh. He has set career-highs across the board this season, batting .313/.377/.546 with 36 homers and 122 RBI through 158 games.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 12:03:00 AM

Marcell Ozuna hit a pair of homers, walked and scored three times Friday versus the Diamondbacks.

Ozuna drove in three runs, giving him 118 RBI for the year. He'd have a great chance of breaking the Marlins' single-season RBI record of 121, set by Preston Wilson in 2000, except for the fact that Giancarlo Stanton just tied it tonight.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 02:03:00 AM

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