St. Louis Cardinals officially acquire OF Marcell Ozuna from Miami Marlins

By The Sports Xchange  |  Dec. 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM
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The St. Louis Cardinals officially acquired All-Star Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins on Thursday in exchange for fellow outfielder Magneuris Sierra, right-handers Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, and left-hander Daniel Castano.

The trade comes on the heels of two other big-name departures by the new Marlins regime, led by co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter.

Miami traded reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees on Monday in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro, minor league right-hander Jorge Guzman and minor league infielder Jose Devers.

In addition, two-time All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon was sent to the Seattle Mariners last week for right-hander Nick Neidert, infielder Chris Torres and right-hander Robert Dugger.

Ozuna recorded career highs in batting average (.312), home runs (37) and RBIs (124) last season. The 27-year-old owns a career .277 average with 96 home runs and 361 RBIs in five years with the Marlins.

Sierra started his major league career with a flourish, collecting hits in each of his first nine games. The 21-year-old went 19-for-60 in 22 games with the Cardinals before batting .270 with a homer and 44 RBIs while splitting his time with Single-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield.

Alcantara, 22, debuted in September and recorded a 4.32 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Cardinals.

Gallen, 22, posted a combined 10-8 mark with a 2.93 ERA while pitching with Palm Beach, Springfield and Triple-A Memphis.

Castano, 23, recorded a 9-3 mark with a 2.57 ERA in 14 starts for the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League.

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