On December 14th, the Marlins traded Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, Miami received starting pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen, and Daniel Castano, along with speedy outfielder Magneuris Sierra.
Ozuna has played 278 games for St. Louis since leaving Miami, and hit .262/.327/.451 with 52 home runs and 177 RBI. The two-time former all-star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner hasn’t been honored such since joining the Redbirds. Thus far, he’s been worth 5.1 WAR.
Alcantara has started 38 games for the Marlins since joining the team, going 8-17 with a 3.81 ERA. He’s been more solid later in his run, with a 1.049 WHIP over the last two months of 2019. He has built up 3.6 WAR during his run thus far.
Gallen was staggeringly good for the Baby Cakes in the PCL in 2019, going 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 112 K’s in 91 1/3 innings, and putting up a 0.712 WHIP before getting called up. With the Marlins, he was 1-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.3 WAR before getting flipped to the Arizona Diamondbacks for shortstop Jazz Chisholm at the trade deadline.
Sierra has appeared in 69 games for Miami since the trade, hitting .225 with six stolen bases and totaling -0.9 WAR. He was notably better in a short look near the end of last year, hitting .350 over 15 games.
Still in the minors, lefty Castano also seems bound for bigger and better things. 7-2 with a 3.35 ERA for the Jumbo Shrimp in 2019, he seems on track to join the Marlins at the major league level sometime in late-2020 or out of camp in 2021.
So, Ozuna’s 5.1 WAR thus far outweighs the total 4.0 WAR from the four prospects we got in return, but this one may be the winner when all is said and done, and sooner probably than later.