Josh Hamilton had an MRI last night on the old groin. It was reported beforehand that if the MRI revealed a sports hernia, he’d have surgery within 48 hours. Guess what? It did and he did.
Hamilton underwent surgery in Dallas this morning. Sports hernia surgery is not terribly major, from what I gather, and he is expected to be ready to go for spring training. And hopefully the power he so clearly lost in the postseason will be restored as a result.
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.