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Marlins Trade Marcell Ozuna To Cardinals

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    Marlins continue purge, trade Marcell Ozuna to Cardinals

    The disbandment of the Miami Marlins roster continues, as the team has traded All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

    The deal, first reported by SiriusXM, is pending a physical. In return, the Marlins will receive right-handed pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara, outfielder Magneuris Sierra, right-hander Zac Gallen and lefty Daniel Castano, according to the Miami Herald.

    Ozuna, 27, is coming off a career-best season, setting personal bests with a .312 batting average, 37 home runs and 124 RBIs, which ranked third in the National League.

    Ozuna, who earned $3.5 million last season, is due for arbitration this offseason but will not reach free agency until 2020 at the earliest.

    According to Statcast, Ozuna had 129 hits with an exit velocity of 95 mph or higher, which ranked third in the majors behind Jose Abreu (132) and Stanton (132).

    The two-time All-Star selection is also solid defensively, having won his first Gold Glove in 2017.

    In five seasons, all with the Marlins, Ozuna has a career .277 average with 96 home runs and 361 RBIs.

    The hard-throwing Alcantara, 22, had a 4.32 ERA in eight appearances with the Cardinals after spending the majority of the season in the minors -- boasting a ratio of 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings -- at the Double-A level.