The Miami Marlins continue to dismantle the team as they traded Dominican left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals.
While the deal is pending a physical, the Marlins will receive right-hander prospect Sandy Alcantara and outfielder Magneuris Sierra, as well as right-hander Zac Gallen and left-hander Daniel Castaño in exchange.
The Marlins got rid of the 27-year-old Ozuna, who is coming off the best season of his career, with career-highs in batting average of .312, 37 homers and 124 RBIs.
Ozuna is the third prestigious player the Marlins have ruled out, led by co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter.
Before Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon were traded.
As a sign of annoyance, Scott Boras, Ozuna’s agent, said that “you’d expect Major League Baseball to check on owners to come in and provide additions, but instead they come in and redirect players.”
He added that with these measures the team “becomes a pawn shop that is trying to pay the rent for the building.”
Ozuna, who made $ 3.5 million last season, must undergo arbitration this offseason, but will reach free agency until 2020.
In five seasons, all with the Marlins, Ozuna has a .277 career average with 96 home runs and 361 RBIs.