Blue Jays sign catcher Ramon Hernandez

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Catcher Ramon Hernandez has another new home.

According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the 37-year-old agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Sunday morning and will report this week to Triple-A Buffalo. Hernandez was released by the Dodgers on June 22 after batting just .208 with a .291 on-base percentage in 55 plate appearances.

He owns a .263/.327/.417 batting line in the majors and will function as organizational depth for the Jays.

Hernandez has also played for the Athletics, Padres, Orioles, Reds and Rockies over the course of his 15-year big league career.

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.