Ozuna latest Marlin represented by Boras
MIAMI — In his first full big league season, Marcell Ozuna is establishing himself as one of the more productive outfielders in the game. The 23-year-old is second on the Marlins in home runs (18) and RBIs (65), and his eight assists are tied for the second most among outfielders in the Majors.
In recent weeks, Ozuna also hooked up with a high-profile agent, Scott Boras.
Marlins ace, Jose Fernandez, and infielder Jeff Baker also are represented by the Boras Corporation.
Boras compares Ozuna’s skill set to Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez, a two-time All-Star.
“Marcell is an exciting player capable of 20 home runs and playing Gold Glove-caliber center field,” Boras said.
Ozuna is one of the core, young players on a maturing Marlins team that is competing for a National League Wild Card spot. He is one of 13 MLB outfielders with as many as 18 home runs. Only 14 outfielders have as many as 65 RBIs.
Among center fielders, only Mike Trout (89), Adam Jones (77) and Andrew McCutchen (67) have more RBIs than Ozuna.
Defensively, he has one of the strongest arms in the game.
Ozuna is making $505,000 this season, and his first year eligible for arbitration is 2016.
The center fielder is a candidate for a contract extension, perhaps in the off season.
As of now, the Marlins have not approached Boras about a long-term deal with Ozuna. Whether one gets done will depend on if it makes sense for both sides to go season-to-season or to come to terms on a multi-year deal.
– Joe Frisaro