Teams are lurking to see what moves the Marlins make after their ownership change, including the Athletics.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s are looking for an experienced outfielder and are eyeing Miami center fielder Christian Yelich. However, they would be interested in left fielder Marcell Ozuna if they can’t land Yelich, the Chronicle reported.
Of the two, Yelich would be the tougher to get, per the Chronicle:
Yelich, who turns 26 next month, is guaranteed $46.5 million over the next four years. With a .290 career average and a Gold Glove to his credit, he’d command a major return. Ozuna, who turns 27 next week, might be a slightly easier get — he’ll be a free agent after the 2019 season, and he’s projected to make more than $10 million in arbitration this winter. However, Ozuna hit .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs in 2017, so Miami will be looking for quality in return.
The A’s have the payroll flexibility to pay up for one of the players after trading away several big names in July, and the Chronicle noted that the A’s are willing to move Ryon Healy from the designated hitter spot and put Khris Davis there. That would leave an open slot for a right-handed-hitting outfielder — like Yelich.