The Marlins have been getting calls on outfielder Marcell Ozuna, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports (Twitter links). According to his colleague, Barry Jackson (via Twitter), the Marlins front office is gathering today to decide how to proceed with Ozuna.
One club that’s placed a call is the Indians, says Spencer, who adds that Miami has sent scouts to watch Cleveland’s starters. While it may be too soon to tell whether there’s serious interest between the two clubs, it’s certainly an intriguing possibility.
Both the Marlins and the Indians have been expected to hold onto controllable talent, but obviously there’s a possibility that similar assets could be swapped to better meet each club’s needs. Miami pulled off just such a deal last summer when it acquired Jarred Cosart.
Ozuna, 24, rebuffed Miami’s efforts over the winter to make him the third young outfielder to reach a long-term extension. He’s since been demoted to Triple-A after a .249/.301/.337 start to the season. Of course, Ozuna showed much more last year, putting up a .772 OPS with 23 home runs and contributing strong defense in center. And he’s done nothing but rake since going back to the minors.
We’ve addressed the Indians’ rotation chips several times in recent days, as reports have emerged suggesting that the team will at least listen on its various interesting pieces. A young player with Ozuna’s upside and control would obviously hold significant appeal, and he’s probably the kind of piece that would need to be involved to get something done. It remains unclear which particular pitchers would prove most enticing to the Fish, but names like Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer could all conceivably hold significant appeal.
Wow this is interesting. Ozuna could be a nice piece for a non-contender. Any OF with 20+ HR potential that is controllable is worth a look.
I’m thinking Fiers and a prospect on the level of a Michael Reed or Victor Roache would be interesting. Ozuna would be ideal replacement for Gomez, who could bring back guy to slot in Fiers’ rotation spot in 2016. Not that it matters but Fiers is a south Florida guy.
Marlins probably wouldn’t want Fiers being that he’s the pitcher who hit Stanton in the face.
Ozuna’s right handed bat would look good in Rangers outfield. Wonder what the fish would want in return. Maybe Nick Williams and Chi Chi?
Does anyone know how Ozuna is doing in the minors?
From the post above…
‘And he’s done nothing but rake since going back to the minors.’
.344 with 4 homers in 64 at bats.
He reminds me of Dayan Viciedo. Had 1-2 good power seasons in Chicago but would not learn to take a walk. It’s redeeming that he can play CF though unlike Viciedo, who was a butcher in LF.
Nah. Hes not like viciedo at all. Ozuna has speed and defense. Viciedo was bat only.
Going to need a little more than Ozuna to get one of those arms.