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Marlins Deal Outfielder Marcell Ozuna To The Cardinals

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The Miami Marlins took another step in completely overhauling their team on Wednesday as they traded outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The trade was first reported by Craig Mish of Sirius XM.

The details of the trade are still being worked out. As reported by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the deal is pending a physical.

Although we do not yet know the names of everyone that the Marlins are receiving in exchange for Ozuna, what has been reported is that they are getting top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals. Joel Sherman of The New York Post reported that Alcantara is part of the four-player package that will be going to the Marlins.

This trade was completed less than a week after the Marlins shipped slugging right fielder Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees for infielder Starlin Castro and minor leaguers Jorge Guzmán and José Devers. The Cardinals were one of the teams pursuing Stanton, but he refused to waive his no-trade clause to go to St. Louis.

Ozuna does not have quite as much power as Stanton, but he is still a great hitter who is beginning to enter into his prime. The 27-year-old had the best season of his career in 2017, batting .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs in 159 games.

Originally signed by the Marlins as a non-drafted free agent in 2008, Ozuna made his Major League debut in April of 2013. In five seasons with the Marlins, he has a career batting average of .277.

Even though the Cardinals were unable to acquire Stanton, they still ended up with a very talented right-handed power hitter in Ozuna. As for the Marlins, new Chief Executive Officer Derek Jeter is continuing his efforts to completely reshape the team. The Marlins are clearly rebuilding. It will be interesting to see the entire package of prospects that they get in return for Ozuna.

 

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Marlins Have “No Intention” Of Trading Caleb Smith

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The Miami Marlins don’t plan on dealing left-hander Caleb Smith as the trade deadline approaches, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The Marlins have been stuck in what seems to be a never-ending rebuild and have traded off a ton of assets in recent seasons, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them selling off more talent at the deadline.

Smith, 27, who is currently on the 10-day IL due to some inflammation in his hip, has posted a 3.41 ERA through 66 innings this season.

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Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Mike Pagliarulo

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The Miami Marlins have announced that they have fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Pagliarulo took the post ahead of the 2016 season after previously serving as a hitting coach in Triple-A.

Pagliarulo will be replaced by Jeff Livesey on an interim basis, and Eric Duncan will take the role of assistant hitting coach.

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Marlins Release Dan Straily

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The Miami Marlins have released right-hander Dan Straily, according to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill (h/t MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro).

Straily will be going on release waivers and is he clears, he will his free agency Wednesday afternoon.

Straily, 30, pitched the tune of a 4.20 ERA last season for the Marlins.

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