It does not appear the Marlins have interest in trading Marcell Ozuna any more. But if the organization changes its mind, the club might have a hard time doing making a move.
Now that the market for outfielders has developed, with Alex Gordon, Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes off the board, teams seeking additional outfield depth could be open to trading for some. However, Ozuna might not be interested clubs' primary choice.
Colorado had been shopping Corey Dickerson before ultimately trading him Thursday afternoon. Jake McGee is not one of the larger names in Tampa Bay's minor league system, and the return could be significant for the Marlins. If a trade for Dickerson yielded McGee and additional minor league depth, what would a deal for Ozuna look like?
After the 2014 season, Dickerson and Ozuna could have been placed in the same category of young outfielders having success. But after Ozuna's sub par 2015 campaign, Dickerson could be viewed as the better option.
Ozuna spent a significant amount of time in Triple-A last season and did not have much success with the Marlins, batting .259/.308/.383 to complement 10 home runs and 44 RBIs over 123 contests. At 25, he is still young and arbitration eligible, but the Marlins' asking price has appeared to remain high since last July's non-waiver trade deadline.
Unlike Ozuna, Dickerson is coming off of a notably successful season during which he batted .304/.333/.536 to complement 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. He only played in 65 games, but also batted .312 over 131 games in 2014.
Now that the club signed Wei-Yin Chen to a five-year deal, there is not as much of a need to move Ozuna for a front of the rotation starter. The White Sox are known to be looking for an outfielder but are not known to have expressed interest in Ozuna in the past. However, the Marlins are unlikely to accept a package similar to the return in the Dickerson deal.
Ozuna could still be moved this off-season. But even with Dickerson off the market, teams hoping to upgrade their outfields could still pass on Ozuna because of the price.