Marlins Firesale Contiues, Trade Marcell Ozuna To St. Louis

Marlins ‘Everything Must Go Sale’ Continues

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Scott Boras made his annual appearance at the Winter Meetings and was asked to espouse on the recently completed Giancarlo Stanton trade and the state of the Marlins franchise. He responded by saying, “We’ve seen one of our major league jewelry stores become a pawn shop.”

The wheeling and dealing for the Marlins continued as the St. Louis Cardinals acquired outfield Marcell Ozuna (pending physical) in exchange for prospects.  According to Bob Nightengale (Twitter) the Marlins will receive more valuable prospect in deal than Giancarlo Stanotn and Dee Gordon trades combined. The package is a combination of pitchers and position players.

Ozuna, just turned 27, and is coming off a season in which he hit .312/.376/.548 with 37 homers and 124 RBI.  MLB Trade rumors projects him to earn $10.8MM in arbitration. The Cardinals will control him for the 2018-2019 seasons.

According to Jon Heyman (Twitter) one of the pieces coming back to the Marlins is right hander Sandy Alcantara. The Marlins wanted the 22-year old right hander included in the proposed Giancarlo Stanton deal.

Alcantara is rated by MLB Pipeline as the Cardinals 9th best prospect. He opened the season as the #40 ranked prospect by Baseball Prospectus.

Alcantara spent the majority of the 2017 season in Double-A, He appeared in 25 games (22-starts) posting a 7-5 mark with a 4.31 ERA (60-ER/125.1-IP).

He was a September callup and appeared in eight games (all in relief).  Overall, he did not record a decision and pitched to a 4.58 ERA (4-ER/8.1-IP).

More to come…..

News of the trade was first reported by Craig Mish of SiriusXM (Twitter).


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