It seemed likely that Colorado could find a taker for Eric Young Jr. after designating him for assignment last week and sure enough the Rockies traded the utility man to the Mets for right-hander Collin McHugh.
Young is far from an impact player, but as a switch-hitter with defensive versatility and blazing speed he’s plenty useful in a bench role and may even get a look in center field for the Mets.
McHugh has struggled in brief stints with the Mets and at 26 years old doesn’t have much upside, but he’s got a pretty solid track record in the minors and could be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter at some point. For now the Rockies have optioned him to Double-A, where McHugh has a 2.68 ERA in 168 career innings.
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.