3 Replacements for Marcell Ozuna if Cardinals Don't Want to Offer 5-Year Deal

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 07: Cameron Maybin #38 of the New York Yankees watches his one run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning in game three of the American League Division Series at Target Field on October 07, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly considering offering Marcell Ozuna a five-year deal, which he's seeking in free agency. They are not alone for Ozuna's services, however, and there's a good chance they could lose him. If St. Louis can't sign Ozuna this offseason, there are plenty of other options they could explore.

3. Mookie Betts

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 29: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox runs to the dugout during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Sure, this one is idealistic, but Boston is motivated to trade Mookie as he's entering the final year of his contract. The acquisition of a yearly MVP candidate would make St. Louis among the favorites to win the National League for years to come, especially if they can lock him up long-term.

2. Nicholas Castellanos

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 21: Nicholas Castellanos #6 of the Chicago Cubs was the last player to leave the dugout following his team's 9-8 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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A division rival for all of half a season, this move would be extra sweet given the Cards would be stealing away an outfield option from the Cubs. Castellanos isn't the defender Ozuna is, but his prowess at the dish more than makes up for that.

1. Cameron Maybin

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Cameron Maybin #38 of the New York Yankees takes the field as he is introduced prior to game three of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Maybin doesn't have the name recognition of Betts or Castellanos, but he really came on for the Yankees last season. Should he continue to show the same level of improvement at the plate, Maybin can play just about anywhere in the outfield. He'd be a great short-term replacement for Ozuna.