The firesale at the Miami Marlins is apparently not over yet. The rebuilding continues as outfielder Marcell Ozuna is traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Slugger Marcell Ozuna Heads to St. Louis
Ozuna is having a career year this season with 124 RBIs as he increased his batting average to .312 along with 37 homeruns. He also won the Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards in left field.
In the trade, the Marlins picked up two minor-league pitchers along with prospects Sandy Alcantara and outfielder Magneuris Sierra.
Derek Jeter Continues Selling Off Top Marlins Players
Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter has been preaching his intention to rebuild the team this season. Jeter recently lightened the load of the team’s payroll by trading Dee Gordon to the Mariners and Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees.
Ozuna’s agent, Scott Boras, told ESPN that the MLB should not just accept any investor who comes in to buy a team. Boras expressed disappointment in the Miami rebuilding effort thus far; he likened it to “a pawn shop that’s trying to pay the rent of the building.”
Don Mattingly Supports Jeter’s Plan to Rebuild
Meanwhile, Marlins general manager Don Mattingly defended Jeter, saying that the former Yankee received undeserved criticisms over his handling of the team. Mattingly also said that the team has been rebuilding since last year, even before Jeter came on board.
Mattingly praised Jeter for not reacting to every little criticism that comes his way, particularly with all the recent roster changes. “You’re not going to go out and dispute everything that comes out because you waste all your time doing that,” he said. “But I know the truth.”
Mattingly also urged Marlins fans to give Jeter a chance; reminding them to look at his rookie year when he made 58 errors at shortstop, “and we know what happened after that.”
Despite trading so many top players, the GM claimed that he’s very excited about the future of the team.