Freddy Sanchez to return "end of April, first of May"

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freddy sanchez giants.jpgGiants manager Bruce Bochy finally acknowledged the obvious on Friday, stating that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will likely be sidelined until the “end of April, first of May.”

Sanchez, who was inked to a two-year, $12 million contract in November, underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December, and to this point, has only progressed to hitting off a tee.

In need of a boost for their anemic offense last July, the Giants acquired Sanchez from the Pirates in exchange for prospect right-hander Tim Alderson. So far, they’ve had a pretty rotten return.

Luckily, the Giants were able to re-sign utility man Juan Uribe just weeks after Sanchez’s surgery, so he’ll be able to fill-in at second base until Sanchez is able to return to the lineup.
 

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.