Once upon a time Michael Ynoa was an incredibly promising prospect who signed with the A’s for a record $4.25 million as a 16-year-old, but his career has been wrecked by injuries and now there’s another stumbling block: Chicken pox.
Ynoa, who’s now 21 years old and was added to the 40-man roster despite having just 39 innings of professional experience, is the lone player missing from A’s camp because “he’s stuck at home in the Dominican Republic for another 6-10 business days” recuperating, according to Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com.
Ynoa has basically no chance to actually make the team out of spring training, so showing up a couple weeks late isn’t such a big deal, but the kid needs to catch a break at some point. And chicken pox at age 21 doesn’t sound pretty.
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.