Jim Deshaies is gonna get his union card revoked

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I didn’t see it, but over at The Book blog, mgl passes along word that, during last night’s Astros game, announcer Jim Deshaies said that there are no such thing as “clutch hitters.” Rather, those who are perceived as clutch are guys who are just good hitters anyway and that clutch hitting is not some special skill that is repeatable by its alleged master craftsmen.

This has been borne out in statistical studies, so it’s not controversial on the merits. It’s rare, though, for an announcer to say such a thing, seeing how it takes away a cliche description of a player on which they can rely whenever they’re at a loss for something else to say.

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.