June 17, 2021

Arizona Diamondbacks Rumor Round-up – AZ Snake Pit (AZ Snakepit)

Several potentially interesting nuggets of information around, regarding players in whom the team might have an interest, or be looking to trade.

Marcell Ozuna

According to this video report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Diamondbacks are among the five teams most interested in pursuing the outfielder. The other four listed by Morosi are the Cardinals, Braves, Reds and Rangers. Ozuna turned 29 earlier this month, and is coming off two seasons in St. Louis where had OPS+ of 106 and 107, and posted bWAR of 2.9 and 2.2. Before that, he was with the Marlins, for whom he was an All-Star in 2016 and 2017. He certainly has the potential to be an everyday player: over the last four years, Ozuna has averaged 146 games. In the first of those, he occupied center for the Marlins, but he has been a left-fielder the past three years.

He declined a qualifying offer from the Cards, which means signing ould come with a draft pick penalty. However, the D-backs would be less affected than some others: we receive revenue sharing so would only lose our third-highest selection. The Reds are also in that category, while the other three teams above would lose their second-highest picks plus…

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