Teams like the Rangers and Mariners came calling, but new Marlins manager Don Mattingly and new Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds recently rallied on Ozuna’s behalf and it sounds like the 25-year-old is no longer being shopped.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro notes that Miami’s recent signing of left-hander Wei-Yin Chen — to a five-year, $80 million free agent deal — has satisfied the club’s need for a starting pitcher. And a major league-ready starter was the asking price for Ozuna.
Ozuna batted just .259/.308/.383 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 123 games last season for the Marlins, but he had a .772 OPS, 23 homers, and 85 RBI in 2014. And he is under contractual control through 2020. Maybe the new coaching staff in Miami can get him back on track, both at the plate and with ownership.