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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 Sign Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr.

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The Miami Marlins have formally announced the signing of the Mesa brothers, Victor Victor and Victor Jr., and will be streaming a press conference to introduce the brothers on their website and on Periscope.

Victor Victor is expected to receive a bonus in excess of $5.25 million while Victor Jr. received a $1 million bonus, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Victor Victor, the son of Cuban baseball luminary Victor Mesa, was widely considered to be the most coveted amateur free agent on the International market at current, while his 17-year old brother boasts an above-average arm and plus contact ability with plenty of upside and potential.

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Phillies Acquire Justin Bour

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The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour, along with cash considerations, from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left handed pitching prospect McKenzie Mills, according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

The Marlins will cover roughly half of Bour’s remaining salary for the season, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

 

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Diamondbacks Bring Back Brad Ziegler Via Trade

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have brought back reliever Brad Ziegler after completing a trade with the Miami Marlins, according to The Athletic.

Ziegler, 38, spent 2011 to 2016 with Arizona.

Currently, Ziegler is 1-5 with a 3.98 ERA and 10 saves this season with Miami.

 

 

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