Miami deals Ozuna to Cardinals

Where did Stephen Piscotty's power go? A's might find it never actually went away

Their talks with the Marlins about bringing in an outfielder won't be for nothing, though, as Ken Rosenthal reports that the two teams are "making progress" on a deal that would send Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

An agreement has been struck but is not yet finalized, a source said Wednesday.

Multiple media outlets are reporting the deal. It's not yet known what the Cardinals traded away.

An outfielder would also be involved in the trade.

He batted.312 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs in 2017 and has amassed 96 home runs in his five-year career.

The Ozuna trade comes amid a firesale by the Marlins, who also traded reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon in recent days. The Cardinals view him as a possible cleanup hitter and an intimidation factor in the middle of the order.

Should the A's not be able to get Piscotty, they could look elsewhere on the trade market or scan the free agent market, which they've expressed a willingness to do.

According to Dombrowski, the Red Sox never were close to trading for Ozuna, which makes sense given Boston's lack of high-end pitching prospects relative to St. Louis' stash of arms.

Acquiring Ozuna would give the Cardinals some options in their outfield, as they already have Tommy Pham - who hit.306/.411/.520 - as well as Dexter Fowler and Stephen Piscotty.

Ozuna is a 2-time all-star. Ozuna was also a friend of the late Oscar Taveras.

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