The disbandment of the Miami Marlins roster continues, as the team has traded All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. The deal, first reported by SiriusXM, is pending a physical. In return, the Marlins will receive right-handed pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara, outfielder Magneuris Sierra, right-hander Zac Gallen and lefty Daniel Castano, according to the Miami Herald.

Ozuna, 27, is coming off a career-best season, setting personal bests with a .312 batting average, 37 home runs and 124 RBIs, which ranked third in the National League. He is the third big name to have been jettisoned by the new Marlins regime, led by co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter. Ozuna joins National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon as those traded since the sale of the team. The purge won’t include outfielder Christian Yelich, who is no longer in play as a trade candidate, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. After trading Stanton, Gordon and Ozuna, the Marlins can easily afford to keep him. Yelich will make $7 million this season and is owed a guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021.

Ozuna, who earned $3.5 million last season, is due for arbitration this offseason but will not reach free agency until 2020 at the earliest. According to Statcast, Ozuna had 129 hits with an exit velocity of 95 mph or higher, which ranked third in the majors behind Jose Abreu (132) and Stanton (132). The two-time All-Star selection is also solid defensively, having won his first Gold Glove in 2017. In five seasons, all with the Marlins, Ozuna has a career .277 average with 96 home runs and 361 RBIs.

The hard-throwing Alcantara, 22, had a 4.32 ERA in eight appearances with the Cardinals after spending the majority of the season in the minors — boasting a ratio of 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings — at the Double-A level. He was ranked as the ninth best prospect in the Cardinals system by MLB.com. Sierra, 22, is considered an elite-level defender in center field who projects as a top of the order hitter, who stole 20 bases across Single- and Double-A ball this past season. He was ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Cards system. Gallen, 22, made it to Triple-A ball this past season, with a 10-8 record and a 2.93 ERA and 1.17 WHIP across three levels and was ranked 13th in the Cards system. At age 23, Castano lit up the New York Penn League with a 9-3 record to go with a 2.57 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 81 strikeouts across 91 innings.

While the Marlins have been killed for the supposed lack of return for Gordon and Stanton, this return appears to be their best yet, at the very least due to volume and the fact that they needed an infusion of pitching into their minor league system. The true test for the Marlins will be if they are able to develop these prospects into major league players.

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