I am sure this will be discussed at length later on in the offseason, but let’s get some of it started now. The Cardinals should consider signing Marcell Ozuna.
His numbers were a bit down during his time with the Cardinals, but both seasons saw him miss time with an injury or struggle to play through one. 2020 would be the leftfielder’s age 29 season and a year he seems poised to elevate his play. Perhaps the price will be too steep, but there is only one way to find out: talk to the man. Not discussing a return at all would be a huge mistake by the Cardinals, especially since Ozuna seems willing to stay, per Adam Berry of MLB.com:
“Right now, I would feel amazing if they brought me back, I would love it. I played for St. Louis for two years, and it was a good experience. The fans, I love the fans. I love everyone in St. Louis. It’s up to them.”
In his latest Instagram post the soon-to-be free agent took some time to say goodbye to the city of St. Louis, though he did leave the door open for a return. Maybe Ozuna and the Cardinals will work out a deal and this “goodbye” will end up being “goodbye for now”.
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To the City of St. Louis: I want to thank the Cardinals ownership, front office, coaching staff and my teammates -- and especially the wonderful Cardinals fans -- for supporting me during my two seasons in St. Louis. It has been a true pleasure to play in front of the best fans in baseball, and I wish we could have brought the World Series trophy back to St. Louis. Whatever happens this off-season, please know that I have cherished my time in a Cardinals uniform, and I wish nothing but success for the Cardinals in the future.
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