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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.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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