Adrian Gonzalez would take deferred money from San Diego

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Adrian Gonzalez headshot.jpgDan Hayes of the North County Times profiles the Adrian Gonzalez contract situation and lets drop that Gonzalez “would consider taking deferred money if the club
offered a ‘fair market offer.'” Howard Megdal at MLBTR suggests there’s some ambiguity there, asking “would San Diego merely have to reach this number, but some could be
deferred? Or would the Padres need to exceed this to make up for the
deferred money?”

For what it’s worth, my reading of it was that the contract number needs to be market, but some of that can be deferred, making it a cheaper deal for the Padres. This jibes with what has appeared to be Gonzalez’s position in favoring the Padres somewhat as opposed to signaling an intent to take the highest offer if and when he ever hits the market.

Not sure that helps. “Market” for Gonzalez probably starts at Teixeira money, and even if a bunch of that money is deferred it’s still more than I can imagine San Diego spending.

Cardinals acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins

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The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins. Craig Mish of Sirius XM was the first to report that the deal was done. Ozuna still has to take a physical.

There is no report yet about what the Cards had to give up to get Ozuna, but given that the Cards and Marlins put a deal together for Giancarlo Stanton, the sides certainly have discussed various Cards prospects recently.

Ozuna fills a major need for the Cardinals, who had serious weaknesses in the middle of the order in 2017. Last year their number three hitters hit a combined .246/.338/.425 and their cleanup hitters hit 270/.350/.444. Ozuna, 27, had a fantastic offensive year in 2017, hitting .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games.

Ozuna made $3.5 million this past season and is due for arbitration this offseason. He is under contractual control through 2019.