Marlins All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna played the role of thief on Sunday afternoon, robbing Enrique Hernandez of a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning. Had Ozuna not caught the ball, the Dodgers’ lead would have been extended to 4-1. Pitcher Nick Wittgren was certainly thankful for Ozuna’s effort.
The Dodgers won anyway, 3-2, for their ninth consecutive victory and their 29th win in their last 33 games. Hernandez finished 0-for-2 with two walks. Ozuna had a single and a double in four at-bats.
Update (7:51 PM ET): ESPN’s Buster Olney says the deal isn’t final yet. Rosenthal says that any delay on this trade is due to Kinsler’s no-trade clause, but he still expects the deal to happen.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.