The Phillies wisely raise ticket prices

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The opposite side of the Mets “if you stink and don’t draw you must lower ticket prices” argument is the “if you’re good and you sell out game after game you must raise them” argument.  That latter part is the Phillies’ story, as they have announced an across the board ticket price increase.  Tickets are up from $2 to $5 per game. A breakdown of the increases can be seen here.

Fun part: Philly sports blog Crossing Broad is reporting that readers are angry at the increases.  The response is understandable I suppose, but I never cease to be amazed at people’s economic illiteracy.

If you sell out all of your products consistently, it means — unless you believe that not a single soul beyond those who purchased one of your products wants one — you have under-priced your product.  The Phillies aren’t being heartless in raising their prices. They’re simply refusing to leave money sitting on the table.  This is smart business.

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.