The Cardinals have their middle of the order bat they've sorely been seeking.
After much anticipation, the St. Louis Cardinals have officially acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins.
Ozuna to Cardinals is done— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 13, 2017
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the deal is done pending a physical.
Source: Marcel Ozuna has been traded to the Cardinals. The deal is pending a physical.— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) December 13, 2017
Ozuna's also been informed of his own movement. As real as real can get.
And now, we just wait to see how the Marlins plundered St. Louis' loaded farm system. We know Sandy Alcantara, a star young starter, is headed to MIA, along with three supposed lesser pieces.
Well, not that much lesser. One of them is Magneuris Sierra, who had quite the run in St. Louis last summer.
Hearing that the OF coming back back to Marlins in the Ozuna deal is Magneuris Sierra, team's No. 6 prospect.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 13, 2017
Source: In addition to Alcantara and Sierra, other two prospects Marlins receiving in Ozuna deal are rhp Zac Gallen and lhp Daniel Castano.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 13, 2017
Ozuna has two years of control left on his contract, which certainly warrants a nice haul of prospects. Once the Marlins dealt Stanton and didn't receive any top prospects, it was clear they were going to use Ozuna and Co. to bring in that much-needed young talent to augment their farm system.
Cardinals To Acquire Marcell Ozuna https://t.co/e9J40Ood15— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) December 13, 2017
Ozuna is entering the prime of his career and is coming off a career year where he hit .312 and belted 37 home runs and drove in 124 runs.