David Brown of Big League Stew took a road trip to Minneapolis to check out Target Field and writes up the results in a pretty darn useful ballpark review. Quote of the piece: “nothing says
Twins baseball like Rod Carew and booze.”
I link this so that you may enjoy it, but also to once again remind anyone who is reading that I have a fabulous idea for a TV show along these lines, so if someone wants to give me, heck, I dunno, $100,000 to do a pilot, you know where I can be reached.
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.