Derek Jeter

The New York Yankees shortstop is set for another playoff appearance.

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers' meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Column: Smooth on the field, Jeter struggles in front office
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers' meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, New Yankees player Giancarlo Stanton answers questions during a press conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling. Frankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
Column: Smooth on the field, Jeter struggles in front office
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, New Yankees player Giancarlo Stanton answers questions during a press conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling. Frankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Marcell Ozuna watches his RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File)
Column: Smooth on the field, Jeter struggles in front office
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Marcell Ozuna watches his RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, New Yankees player Giancarlo Stanton answers questions during a press conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling. Frankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, New Yankees player Giancarlo Stanton answers questions during a press conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling. Frankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, New Yankees player Giancarlo Stanton answers questions during a press conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling. Frankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers' meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers' meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers' meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Former Yankee Stars Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter Team Up to Help Hurricane Victims
Yankee Baseball Stars Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter Reunite to Help Hurricane Victims
Former Yankee Stars Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter Team Up to Help Hurricane Victims
Former Yankee Stars Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter Team Up to Help Hurricane Victims
Yankee Baseball Stars Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter Reunite to Help Hurricane Victims
Former Yankee Stars Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter Team Up to Help Hurricane Victims
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Marcell Ozuna watches his RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Marcell Ozuna watches his RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Marcell Ozuna watches his RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File)
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
Marlins' Fire Sale Makes Little Sense
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
Marlins' Fire Sale Makes Little Sense
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
Marlins' Fire Sale Makes Little Sense
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
Marlins' Fire Sale Makes Little Sense
What exactly are Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins' front office trying to accomplish?
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
Superagent Scott Boras jabs Derek Jeter for turning the Miami Marlins into a 'pawn shop'
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins part owner Derek Jeter speaks during a press conference in Miami. Jeter is trying to revive a moribund Marlins franchise, and so far the former New York Yankees captain appears out of his league as a CEO. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
Agent Boras: Marlins turning into 'pawn shop' under Jeter
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins part owner Derek Jeter speaks during a press conference in Miami. Jeter is trying to revive a moribund Marlins franchise, and so far the former New York Yankees captain appears out of his league as a CEO. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins part owner Derek Jeter speaks during a press conference in Miami. Jeter is trying to revive a moribund Marlins franchise, and so far the former New York Yankees captain appears out of his league as a CEO. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins part owner Derek Jeter speaks during a press conference in Miami. Jeter is trying to revive a moribund Marlins franchise, and so far the former New York Yankees captain appears out of his league as a CEO. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins part owner Derek Jeter speaks during a press conference in Miami. Jeter is trying to revive a moribund Marlins franchise, and so far the former New York Yankees captain appears out of his league as a CEO. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
AP source: Marlins agree to deal Ozuna to Cardinals
The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
AP source: Marlins agree to deal Ozuna to Cardinals
The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
<p>The Marlins’ fire sale continues apace, this time to the benefit of the Cardinals. On Wednesday afternoon, Miami and St. Louis livened up a dreadfully dull Winter Meetings by <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/12/13/marcell-ozuna-trade-marlins-cardinals-winter-meetings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:agreeing to a deal sending" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">agreeing to a deal sending</a> All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna from Florida to the Midwest <a href="https://twitter.com/clarkspencer/status/941079922134736896" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:in exchange for" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">in exchange for</a> pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara, outfielder Magneuris Sierra, and two other minor leaguers. Ozuna isn’t the Marlins outfielder that the Cardinals initially wanted—that would be Giancarlo Stanton, who rejected a deal that would’ve sent him to St. Louis and ultimately ended up with the Yankees—but he should still provide a big boost to an outfield that needs it.</p><p>Ozuna, 27, was quietly a star for the Marlins last season, breaking out to the tune of a .312/.376/.548 line in 679 plate appearances with 37 home runs, 124 RBIs and a 145 OPS+—tenth best in all of baseball. His 142 wRC+, meanwhile, topped those of George Springer, Charlie Blackmon, Cody Bellinger, Justin Upton, and Anthony Rizzo, among others. A legitimate threat at the plate, Ozuna is also a top-flight defender, winning the Gold Glove for his work in leftfield and grading out positively by Defensive Runs Saved (+11 last season, +13 in his career in left). All of that added up to 5.8 WAR—equal to Paul Goldschmidt’s season.</p><p>Ordinarily, a 27-year-old who was worth as much as an MVP finalist is the kind of guy you build around. But this being the Marlins, now amid the umpteenth rebuild in franchise history, Ozuna was marked for departure by the new ownership group of Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, which already <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/12/09/giancarlo-stanton-trade-yankees-marlins-brian-cashman-aaron-judge-gary-sanchez" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dumped Stanton" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dumped Stanton</a> and <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/12/07/dee-gordon-trade-mariners-trade-grades" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dee Gordon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dee Gordon</a> as part of a plan to slash payroll dramatically. That is despite the fact that Ozuna is still arbitration eligible and making relative peanuts: He took home just $3.5 million last year. <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/10/projected-arbitration-salaries-for-2018.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration projections" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration projections</a> had him pegged to get a raise to a more representative $10.9 million this winter, but that’s still a very fair price for someone as good as he is.</p><p>The real key here isn’t the money, though; it’s that Ozuna wouldn’t be Marlins property for much longer even if they hadn’t traded him. Ozuna will hit free agency after the 2020 season, and given that Miami has punted on the next two seasons at least and stressed the need to pare down spending in order to pay off <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/09/28/jeter-4-percent-stake-in-marlins-who-will-have-400m-debt/106092674/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the franchise’s substantial debts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the franchise’s substantial debts</a>, he would’ve been as good as gone once he reached the open market. For a team already committed to tanking, keeping Ozuna to put up gaudy numbers on a 110-loss team would have been pointless.</p><p>Miami’s loss will be St. Louis’ gain, and a big one at that. Ozuna is no Stanton, but he will stabilize an outfield that was unexpectedly wobbly in 2017. Usually a franchise that pumps out four- and five-win outfielders like a factory, the Cardinals got a surprise season in 2017 out of Tommy Pham (23 home runs, 144 OPS+, 6.4 WAR) but next to nothing out of former top prospects Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. The former hit just .238/.285/.473 across 122 games and earned a month-long demotion to Triple A in late May. Grichuk did go deep 22 times, but that came with a staggering strikeout rate—30.1%, which would’ve been the fifth-highest in the majors had he enough at-bats to qualify—and a total inability to hit anything but a fastball. Piscotty also turned in a dud year, limited to 107 games by several injuries (and also getting sent down to Triple A during the year) and hitting just .235/.342/.367 when he was healthy, and <a href="http://www.sfchronicle.com/athletics/article/A-s-edging-closer-to-acquiring-Stephen-Piscotty-12427940.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:may be headed to Oakland" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">may be headed to Oakland</a> as part of a separate trade.</p><p>Ozuna’s arrival will rejigger the Cardinals’ outfield, with him likely taking over in left and Pham moving to center to replace veteran Dexter Fowler, who was <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cardinals-prepare-fowler-for-possible-move-to-corner-outfield-position/article_d5d5c943-0f6d-5975-8590-9cdfb8ee8120.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:already set to move to a corner spot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">already set to move to a corner spot</a> thanks to his declining defense. Offensively at least, that’s arguably the best outfield in the NL. Ozuna will also provide much-needed power in the middle of St. Louis’ lineup, which didn’t see a single hitter top the 30-homer in 2017 (rookie infielder Paul De Jong led the team with 25 dingers). With Ozuna in the fold, the Cardinals’ offense should see a jump. Whether that will be enough to challenge the Cubs or the ascendant Brewers in the NL Central remains to be seen, but regardless, the Cardinals got younger and better at a time when they were seen to be in decline.</p><p>They gave up a fair amount to do that, but no top prospects were sacrificed. Alcantara is the headliner: A 22-year-old righty out of the Dominican Republic, he’s posted strong strikeout numbers in his time in the minors and was solid if unexceptional in his first taste of Double A last season. Tall but slim, Alcantara got a cup of coffee with St. Louis late in the year and was ranked ninth in the system <a href="http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2017?list=stl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:by MLB.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">by MLB.com</a> thanks to his hard fastball (94–96 mph on average) and average-to-good secondary stuff. Nonetheless, he’s struggled with his command and may be better suited to a relief role long-term. Sierra, meanwhile, is a 21-year-old Dominican who ranked sixth in MLB&#39;s list. Built like a greyhound at 5&#39;11&quot; and only 160 pounds, he runs like one too, boasting plus-plus speed that makes him a potential game-changer on the bases and in the outfield. He remains a raw prospect offensively, however, hitting for little power and not showing much plate discipline in the minors. It&#39;s a decent return for Ozuna, although both Alcantara and Sierra are no bets to become anything more than average regulars, if that. Both will shoot to the top of Miami&#39;s prospects list, though that&#39;s more by default thanks to the team&#39;s awful farm system.</p><p>The question now is, after having shipped out Stanton and Ozuna, whether the third member of that formerly dynamic outfield, Christian Yelich, will follow his former teammates to greener pastures. That would be the trickiest trade for the Marlins to execute, as Yelich is the youngest of that trio (26), the furthest away from free agency (under team control through 2022) and already signed to a team-friendly deal (just $43.25 million over the next four years as part of a seven-year extension he signed in March 2015). That combination makes him worth a king’s ransom in prospects, but it also positions him as the most likely centerpiece of Miami’s post-rebuild future, even if Yelich himself wants no part of that grim horizon (given <a href="https://twitter.com/ChristianYelich/status/939559584959676416" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:this wordless tweet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">this wordless tweet</a> post-Stanton trade that nonetheless spoke volumes).</p><p>As of now, the Marlins <a href="https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/941022125728714752" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:are telling teams" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">are telling teams</a> that they’re not trying to move Yelich and will instead build around him. But there are no half measures in rebuilds, and with this being the path the Marlins have put themselves on, there’s no recourse but to run the race in full. Moving Yelich is the logical next step. As super-agent Scott Boras <a href="http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21757735/agent-scott-boras-rips-marlins-ownership-saying-seen-one-our-major-league-jewelry-stores-become-pawn-shop" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:weirdly put it earlier Wednesday" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">weirdly put it earlier Wednesday</a>, the Marlins have gone from jewelry store to pawn shop (which suggests that Boras either lives in a bizarre neighborhood or doesn’t know how to build a metaphor), and there’s no point in keeping the luxury items if you’re selling everything else.</p><p>Hopefully for Marlins fans that have even less to look forward to this year than they did this morning, the next generation of Stantons, Ozunas and Yelichs are in their future. And hopefully the owners—be they the Jeter/Sherman group or someone else—will be able to keep them. </p>
The Marlins Continue Cleaning House by Trading Marcell Ozuna to Cardinals

The Marlins’ fire sale continues apace, this time to the benefit of the Cardinals. On Wednesday afternoon, Miami and St. Louis livened up a dreadfully dull Winter Meetings by agreeing to a deal sending All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna from Florida to the Midwest in exchange for pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara, outfielder Magneuris Sierra, and two other minor leaguers. Ozuna isn’t the Marlins outfielder that the Cardinals initially wanted—that would be Giancarlo Stanton, who rejected a deal that would’ve sent him to St. Louis and ultimately ended up with the Yankees—but he should still provide a big boost to an outfield that needs it.

Ozuna, 27, was quietly a star for the Marlins last season, breaking out to the tune of a .312/.376/.548 line in 679 plate appearances with 37 home runs, 124 RBIs and a 145 OPS+—tenth best in all of baseball. His 142 wRC+, meanwhile, topped those of George Springer, Charlie Blackmon, Cody Bellinger, Justin Upton, and Anthony Rizzo, among others. A legitimate threat at the plate, Ozuna is also a top-flight defender, winning the Gold Glove for his work in leftfield and grading out positively by Defensive Runs Saved (+11 last season, +13 in his career in left). All of that added up to 5.8 WAR—equal to Paul Goldschmidt’s season.

Ordinarily, a 27-year-old who was worth as much as an MVP finalist is the kind of guy you build around. But this being the Marlins, now amid the umpteenth rebuild in franchise history, Ozuna was marked for departure by the new ownership group of Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, which already dumped Stanton and Dee Gordon as part of a plan to slash payroll dramatically. That is despite the fact that Ozuna is still arbitration eligible and making relative peanuts: He took home just $3.5 million last year. MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration projections had him pegged to get a raise to a more representative $10.9 million this winter, but that’s still a very fair price for someone as good as he is.

The real key here isn’t the money, though; it’s that Ozuna wouldn’t be Marlins property for much longer even if they hadn’t traded him. Ozuna will hit free agency after the 2020 season, and given that Miami has punted on the next two seasons at least and stressed the need to pare down spending in order to pay off the franchise’s substantial debts, he would’ve been as good as gone once he reached the open market. For a team already committed to tanking, keeping Ozuna to put up gaudy numbers on a 110-loss team would have been pointless.

Miami’s loss will be St. Louis’ gain, and a big one at that. Ozuna is no Stanton, but he will stabilize an outfield that was unexpectedly wobbly in 2017. Usually a franchise that pumps out four- and five-win outfielders like a factory, the Cardinals got a surprise season in 2017 out of Tommy Pham (23 home runs, 144 OPS+, 6.4 WAR) but next to nothing out of former top prospects Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. The former hit just .238/.285/.473 across 122 games and earned a month-long demotion to Triple A in late May. Grichuk did go deep 22 times, but that came with a staggering strikeout rate—30.1%, which would’ve been the fifth-highest in the majors had he enough at-bats to qualify—and a total inability to hit anything but a fastball. Piscotty also turned in a dud year, limited to 107 games by several injuries (and also getting sent down to Triple A during the year) and hitting just .235/.342/.367 when he was healthy, and may be headed to Oakland as part of a separate trade.

Ozuna’s arrival will rejigger the Cardinals’ outfield, with him likely taking over in left and Pham moving to center to replace veteran Dexter Fowler, who was already set to move to a corner spot thanks to his declining defense. Offensively at least, that’s arguably the best outfield in the NL. Ozuna will also provide much-needed power in the middle of St. Louis’ lineup, which didn’t see a single hitter top the 30-homer in 2017 (rookie infielder Paul De Jong led the team with 25 dingers). With Ozuna in the fold, the Cardinals’ offense should see a jump. Whether that will be enough to challenge the Cubs or the ascendant Brewers in the NL Central remains to be seen, but regardless, the Cardinals got younger and better at a time when they were seen to be in decline.

They gave up a fair amount to do that, but no top prospects were sacrificed. Alcantara is the headliner: A 22-year-old righty out of the Dominican Republic, he’s posted strong strikeout numbers in his time in the minors and was solid if unexceptional in his first taste of Double A last season. Tall but slim, Alcantara got a cup of coffee with St. Louis late in the year and was ranked ninth in the system by MLB.com thanks to his hard fastball (94–96 mph on average) and average-to-good secondary stuff. Nonetheless, he’s struggled with his command and may be better suited to a relief role long-term. Sierra, meanwhile, is a 21-year-old Dominican who ranked sixth in MLB's list. Built like a greyhound at 5'11" and only 160 pounds, he runs like one too, boasting plus-plus speed that makes him a potential game-changer on the bases and in the outfield. He remains a raw prospect offensively, however, hitting for little power and not showing much plate discipline in the minors. It's a decent return for Ozuna, although both Alcantara and Sierra are no bets to become anything more than average regulars, if that. Both will shoot to the top of Miami's prospects list, though that's more by default thanks to the team's awful farm system.

The question now is, after having shipped out Stanton and Ozuna, whether the third member of that formerly dynamic outfield, Christian Yelich, will follow his former teammates to greener pastures. That would be the trickiest trade for the Marlins to execute, as Yelich is the youngest of that trio (26), the furthest away from free agency (under team control through 2022) and already signed to a team-friendly deal (just $43.25 million over the next four years as part of a seven-year extension he signed in March 2015). That combination makes him worth a king’s ransom in prospects, but it also positions him as the most likely centerpiece of Miami’s post-rebuild future, even if Yelich himself wants no part of that grim horizon (given this wordless tweet post-Stanton trade that nonetheless spoke volumes).

As of now, the Marlins are telling teams that they’re not trying to move Yelich and will instead build around him. But there are no half measures in rebuilds, and with this being the path the Marlins have put themselves on, there’s no recourse but to run the race in full. Moving Yelich is the logical next step. As super-agent Scott Boras weirdly put it earlier Wednesday, the Marlins have gone from jewelry store to pawn shop (which suggests that Boras either lives in a bizarre neighborhood or doesn’t know how to build a metaphor), and there’s no point in keeping the luxury items if you’re selling everything else.

Hopefully for Marlins fans that have even less to look forward to this year than they did this morning, the next generation of Stantons, Ozunas and Yelichs are in their future. And hopefully the owners—be they the Jeter/Sherman group or someone else—will be able to keep them.

The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
AP source: Marlins agree to deal Ozuna to Cardinals
The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
AP source: Marlins agree to deal Ozuna to Cardinals
The Miami Marlins hasveagreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
<p>Agent Scott Boras ripped Marlins ownership at the annual winter meetings in Florida, telling reporters &quot;We&#39;ve seen one of our major league jewelry stores become a pawn shop.&#39;&#39;</p><p>Boras didn&#39;t personally name Derek Jeter, one of Miami&#39;s new owners, but he did say changes need to be made in the sale of clubs&#39; vetting process. </p><p>&quot;You would hope that [with] ownership — new ownership — that MLB would screen the ownership, so that we have an ownership that comes in and provide additions,&quot;Boras said per <a href="http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21757735/seen-one-our-major-league-jewelry-stores-become-pawn-shop" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ESPN" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ESPN</a>. ...[Instead], they come in and they redirect, so you&#39;re not a jewelry store that&#39;s coveting your diamonds. You now become a pawn shop that is trying to pay the rent of the building. ...&quot;</p><p>Jeter <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/09/27/derek-jeter-miami-marlins-sale-approved" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:took over the Marlins" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">took over the Marlins</a> along with Bruce Sherman in October. But the team made headlines again this past week, trading National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. On Wednesday, the team <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/12/13/marcell-ozuna-trade-marlins-cardinals-winter-meetings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reportedly traded" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reportedly traded</a> outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals. Ozuna is one of Boras&#39; clients. The Marlins <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/12/07/dee-gordon-marlins-mariners-trade" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:traded second baseman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">traded second baseman</a> Dee Gordon to the Mariners last week.</p><p>With the various trades, Jeter has reportedly been looking to cut the Marlins&#39; payroll, even <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/11/28/marlins-giancarlo-stanton-trade-options" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:telling Stanton to waive his no-trade clause" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">telling Stanton to waive his no-trade clause</a> or be part of a massive rebuild. </p>
Scott Boras Takes Shot at Marlins: Team is Now a 'Pawn Shop'

Agent Scott Boras ripped Marlins ownership at the annual winter meetings in Florida, telling reporters "We've seen one of our major league jewelry stores become a pawn shop.''

Boras didn't personally name Derek Jeter, one of Miami's new owners, but he did say changes need to be made in the sale of clubs' vetting process.

"You would hope that [with] ownership — new ownership — that MLB would screen the ownership, so that we have an ownership that comes in and provide additions,"Boras said per ESPN. ...[Instead], they come in and they redirect, so you're not a jewelry store that's coveting your diamonds. You now become a pawn shop that is trying to pay the rent of the building. ..."

Jeter took over the Marlins along with Bruce Sherman in October. But the team made headlines again this past week, trading National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. On Wednesday, the team reportedly traded outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals. Ozuna is one of Boras' clients. The Marlins traded second baseman Dee Gordon to the Mariners last week.

With the various trades, Jeter has reportedly been looking to cut the Marlins' payroll, even telling Stanton to waive his no-trade clause or be part of a massive rebuild.

<p>Scott Boras roasts Marlins as Don Mattingly assesses Derek Jeter&#39;s adjustments</p>
Scott Boras roasts Marlins as Don Mattingly assesses Derek Jeter's adjustments

Scott Boras roasts Marlins as Don Mattingly assesses Derek Jeter's adjustments

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