Marlins don’t plan on moving in fences at new ballpark

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Marlins Park features some of the largest outfield dimensions in the major leagues and has already held in a number of shots off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, among other big-league sluggers, that would have been home runs in other stadiums.

But the Fish aren’t tempted to make any changes.

Here’s Marlins president David Samson, addressing the topic Tuesday in a meeting with the media that included Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post:

“We want it to be pitcher friendly, but fair to hitters who get all of it,” Samson said.

“No cheapies. If you get it, we want it to go. We have no reason to think about doing anything with the fences. The park is playing fair.”

The Marlins are only 16 home games into the park’s debut season. We’ll see if Samson’s attitude changes.

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.