According to one report, confirmed by others, the Toronto Blue Jays may be shopping in Miami after all as they’re “in” on OF, Marcell Ozuna
Apparently, the Toronto Blue Jays are not quite as happy with their outfield situation as they claimed to be just yesterday. When speaking to the media, GM, Ross Atkins, pointed to the team’s outfield as an area of depth from which he could trade to upgrade other areas. Presumably, that meant that there is enough outfield talent that he could pull from. However, considering today’s reports, perhaps all that meant is that below the big league level, there is outfield depth, but that depth is not enough to compete with in the AL East.
Instead, perhaps, the club is looking to upgrade the crop that includes Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera, Steve Pearce and then whomever wins a job form Teoscar Hernandez or Anthony Alford. Seeing those names written out is all you need to get on board with acquiring outfield help.
Count the Rockies, Blue Jays and Rangers – along with Cardinals and Nationals- expressing interest in Marcell Ozuna.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 12, 2017
Jays and Rockies also among teams in on Ozuna (via @clarkspencer). Cards, nats, rangers also among the 6-8 teams.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 12, 2017
Since the Marlins seem to be just giving players away these days, it might be worth Toronto’s time to find out what it would take to land Marcell Ozuna. Granted, he might not be as attractive a piece as say, Christian Yelich, which our Roy Widrig pines over HERE, he would certainly be an acceptable back up plan. Yelich comes with more years of control and at a very reasonable rate, which makes Ozuna the one Miami would likely rather part with.
The 27 year old righty has two more seasons of team control and will say arbitration increases on his 2017 salary of $3.5M. He was an All Star each of the last two seasons and is coming off a 37 HR, 124 RBI 2017 campaign. Oh, and he won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award last year.
Defensively, Ozuna iput up 11 (!) DRS in left field, which could be considered an area of weakness for Toronto in the past… Though, some might say it would be better to find a right fielder, there is no reason why the Blue Jays couldn’t shift Ozuna there. Let’s be honest, if we’re talking about outfield upgrades, Ozuna is definitely not a bad alternative to Yelich, or anyone else, for that matter. He would certainly be affordable as far as his contract goes. The cost for landing him might not be as cheap.
The Marlins won’t necessarily be as desperate to unload Ozuna’s contract as they were Giancarlo Stanton‘s. That means that the club that does manage to trade for him will likely have to give up something larger than the silly haul New York did. If Atkins is touting the outfield depth just below the big leagues, maybe Miami would be interested in a Dalton Pompey or a Dwight Smith Jr. Maybe if Atkins wants to throw in that bullpen depth he likes so much, a deal can be found. How about Pompey, Tim Mayza and Sean Reid-Foley as a conversation starter?
Obviously, this is just guess work. No one really knows what Miami would be asking for…yet. If the Blue Jays are, in fact, in this, they very well could have the pieces necessary to pull it off. Would that preclude them from other deals, sat for middle infield and/or pitching help? Who knows! That’s what makes all of this so fun!
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