Carlos Marmol left the Reds’ Triple-A team without permission

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Carlos Marmol, who’s pitching at Triple-A for the Reds affiliate, has been placed on the restricted list because he “left the club without permission.”

Marmol signed a minor-league contract with the Reds after being released by the Marlins, but was struggling with a 7.36 ERA and six walks in 3.2 innings for Louisville.

Considering the Reds’ minimal investment and Marmol’s recent ineptitude on the mound it seems odd that they wouldn’t just release him. He’s still just 31 years old, but Marmol’s career has gone off the rails in a hurry.

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.