The Cardinals acquired outfielder Austin Dean from the Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder Diowill Burgos, the club announced on Tuesday. Dean was designated for assignment by the Marlins last week.
Dean, 26, has a .223/.268/.388 slash line along with 10 homers and 35 RBI over 311 plate appearances since debuting in 2018. His numbers at Triple-A New Orleans have been terrific, however, owning a .944 OPS across 160 games at that level. The Cardinals hope they are better able to translate that into big league success.
Burgos, 18, spent last season on the Dominican Summer League as well as in the Gulf Coast League, batting an aggregate .316/.420/.579 with 30 extra-base hits, 50 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 251 plate appearances.
Per Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have been discussing the idea of playing the 2020 season entirely in Arizona. The state has 10 spring training parks as well as Chase Field, home to the Diamondbacks. MLB suspended the 2020 season last month as the U.S. began to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This certainly comes as no surprise as commissioner Rob Manfred has suggested the need to potentially get “creative” if MLB is to have a season. Other ideas have included running the season deep into the fall, hosting games in mostly warm-weather states, and making use of frequent doubleheaders.
For many reasons, the U.S. has not done well to date dealing with the pandemic, so it is quite optimistic to expect sports to return at any point in the near future. That being said, agent Scott Boras, who spoke to Blum, suggested baseball’s return could provide “a necessary product that gives all the people that are isolated enjoyment.” He added that that product would be “inspirational to our country.”
MLB and all of its associated interests stand to lose significant amounts of money the longer the season is delayed, which is why many are champing at the bit for the schedule to resume. Presumably, any resumption of the schedule would require that games not be played in front of fans.