The dismantling of the Miami Marlins continues on the fast track after they reached an agreement today with the Cardinals of San Luis for the transfer of Dominican star fielder Marcell Ozuna.
Ozuna, twice elected to the All-Star Game, had his best season in 2017 when hitting .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs.
The Dominican outfielder is eligible this year for arbitration with 11 million salary and the next, in which he could receive between 15 and 17 before he can be a free agent.
The Marlins for Ozuna are going to receive the prospects, the right-handed pitcher Sandy Alcántara, 22, and his compatriot, the outfielder Magneuris Sierra, 21.
Prospects also include right-hander Zac Gallen, 22, and hispanic left-hander Daniel Castano, 23.
The departure of Ozuna is the third of a stellar Marlins player that has taken place in just a week after first transferring second baseman Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners and then doing the same with Puerto Rican slugger Giancarlo Stanton. the New York Yankees.
All the transfers carried out under the supervision of the new Marlins executive director, Derek Jeter, who is already accused of lack of professionalism and having shamelessly favored the Yankees with the transfer of Stanton in favor of his team without getting anything from him. interest for your franchise.
The arrival at the Marlins of the second baseman Dominican Starlin Castro and two compatriots more of the minor leagues by Stanton, current Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the National League, is considered as an “insult” to fans of the Miami team that already They have called for a “boycott” of the team when next season begins.
The official announcement of the transfer of Ozuna is pending only that the Dominican star player surpasses the corresponding medical examination to which he has to submit.
Ozuna, 27, twice elected to the All-Star Game, had his best season in 2017 when hitting .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs.
The Cardinals had an agreement with the Marlins to acquire Stanton, but the slugger refused the transfer by using a clause in his contract that allows him to veto it.
Outfielder Christian Yelich could be the next player in the Marlins’ exodus, which was acquired on October 2 by a group led by investor Bruce Sherman.
It is even said that Castro could also leave the team without playing a single game with the Marlins.
The Miami team had a salary payroll of $ 116 million on August 31, an increase of 81 million at the end of last year, and management is determined to reduce those salary commitments to 91 million.
Stanton’s contract pays him 295 million in the next decade, while Gordon owes him 28 million until 2020. efe