Marcell Ozuna

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    Had shoulder clean up surgery in October 2018. Said it had bothered him all season.
    Can’t speak to 2019, when he had 29 home runs and 89 RBI in only 130 games.


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    when he had 29 home runs

    Let’s be realistic…2019 was the easiest year to hit HRs since the height of the steroid era. Here are some players who had more HRs than Ozuna, all of whom happened to have career years in the year of the rabbit ball:

    Jorge Soler 48, next best year of his career is 12
    Gleyber Torres 38
    Kyle Schwarber 38
    Franmil Reyes 37
    Eduardo Escobar 35, over 1/3 of his 9 year career total HRs
    Marcus Semein 33
    Xander Bogaerts 33, a good ballplayer who happened to set his career high by 10
    Austin Meadows 33, a rookie not expected to hit for much power (who had 10 HRs in his other ~100 career games)
    Kole Calhoun 33
    Ketel Marte 32-A career high of 14 before this. He hit 2 in 45 games this year
    Jose Altuve 31. Again, a career high by 8 in only 124 games.
    Renato Nunez 31
    Randal Grichuk 31

    Brett Gardner had 28. The point being…anyone who could hit the ball in the air could hit 30 HRs in 2019. In the words of a famous singer, 29 “don’t impress me much.” 😉

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    Cardinals fan Will Leitch wrote an article for the other day in which he ranked possible locations for Ozuna:

    1. Braves
    2. Red Sox
    3. White Sox
    4. Mets
    5. Rangers
    6. Twins
    7. Padres

    For the Cardinals, he wrote “It’s difficult to imagine…”

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    For the second time in two years, Ozuna changed agents. In 2019, he went from Boras to Molina’a agent, Melvin Roman. This week, he moved to CAA.

    I guess given how badly last offseason went for him, changing agents again shouldn’t be surprising.

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    Ken Rosenthal has more details on Ozuna’s agent switch. Note that Roman had been looking for a $100 MM contract, much more than the $72 MM MLBTR estimated.

    “Roman was marketing Ozuna as a left fielder who started 21 games in the outfield last season and was fully recovered from the shoulder surgery he underwent in October 2018. The agent’s goal seemed to be a $100 million contract…”

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