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Marlins listening to offers for Marcell Ozuna

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The Marlins are entertaining offers for outfielder Marcell Ozuna, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. Ozuna has reportedly drawn interest from the Athletics and Cardinals this offseason, with the latter expected to make a bigger push after losing out on Giancarlo Stanton.

Ozuna, 27, is coming off of his second consecutive All-Star run with the Marlins. He racked up a career-high 4.8 fWAR in 2017, slashing .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs in 679 PA and tying Cody Bellinger and Charlie Blackmon for third-most homers in the National League. While he may not reach Giancarlo Stanton-levels of production, he’s no poor man’s slugger, and could certainly help supplement a Cardinals offense that ranked fifth-best among all NL teams in 2017.

Ozuna isn’t the only one attracting interest in the wake of Stanton’s flip to the Yankees; ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick also speculates that the Marlins could move outfielder Christian Yelich, though they plan to sit tight on newly-acquired second baseman Starlin Castro until the right offer comes along. The Cardinals may have a leg up on negotiations for Ozuna and Yelich, as they already pitched the Marlins on several of their top-shelf prospects last week.

Ronald Acuna tops Keith Law’s top-100 prospect list

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ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.

After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”

Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.

Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.

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