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Miami Marlins trade rumors: Indians remain interested in Marcell Ozuna

Ozuna could be moved in exchange for starting pitching this winter.

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If the Marlins have a desire to trade Marcell Ozuna, it appears they should not find it difficult to do so. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Cleveland is "said to have some interest" in Ozuna.

In the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Indians reportedly expressed interest in Ozuna. Miami might not have been open to moving him at that point but could change its mind this winter. The Indians are hoping to add to their outfield, Heyman notes, and Ozuna has experience playing both center and right field.

Ozuna, 24, struggled consistently throughout the first half of 2015. He ended the year with a .259/.308/.383 line to complement 10 home runs and 44 RBIs over 123 games with the Marlins.

After Ozuna had difficulty producing to open the year, the Marlins opted to option to him to Triple-A. He batted .317 over 33 contests in New Orleans, however did not respond positively to the demotion. Ozuna compared playing in Triple-A to being let out of jail and ultimately did not return to Miami until August 15.

Miami was hoping to extend Marcell Ozuna before the start of last season, however he is represented by Scott Boras and turned down the Marlins' extension proposal. Boras has a tendency to encourage his clients to receive the largest possible contract through free agency. Ozuna's decision might have cost him a job with the Marlins.

The Marlins are expected to be interested in adding controllable starting pitching this winter, and the Indians have several arms that could be moved. Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer are all candidates to be moved and could be made available in a deal involving Ozuna.

If Miami is open to trading Ozuna, which they very well could be, multiple clubs could become interested. But if Cleveland remains involved, the Marlins could add at least one quality arm while moving Ozuna.