Former top prospect Brandon Wood signs with Padres

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Former top prospect Brandon Wood has signed a minor league deal with the Padres, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com. The deal does not include an invite to major league spring training, which is just the latest sign of how far he has fallen.

Selected 23rd overall by the Angels in 2003, Wood was once ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the game by Baseball America, but his minor league success never translated against big league pitching. He owns an ugly .186/.225/.289 batting line over 751 plate appearances in the majors.

Wood, who turns 29 in March, last appeared in the big leagues in 2011 as a member of the Pirates. He played exclusively at the Triple-A level last year between the Royals and Orioles, hitting just .226/.262/.329 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 65 games. He’ll function as organizational depth for San Diego.

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.