The Red Sox sign Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league deal

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In a move that most of us probably wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t for the fact that he is a really bright guy who has, in the past, done interesting things that ballplayers tend not to do, Ross Ohlendorf has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

So, yes, from a personality standpoint that’s neat.  From a baseball standpoint — no offense, Ross — pretty meaningless. Ohlendorf has battled shoulder problems for two years, posted an 8.15 ERA in eight starts last year and looks to be more than organizational depth at best for the Red Sox.

But hey, at least he’s got that Princeton degree and the research experience at the Department of Agriculture to all back on.

 

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.