Now that Alex Gordon has re-signed with the Kansas City Royals, the outfield market could take shape quickly -- this apparently applies to the trade market as well.
According to Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports, the Miami Marlins are receiving plenty of interest on outfielder Marcell Ozuna:
Source: Market on Marcell Ozuna is moving fast. Marlins have spoken trade with multiple teams, including one West Coast team recently.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 6, 2016
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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald later tweeted that the Rangers were one of the teams talking with the Marlins, even giving a possible trade piece:
On the Rangers side, FOX Sports insider Ken Rosenthal noted that the move would be an odd one for Texas, who needs to be adding pitching:
Ozuna, 25, has been involved in some controversy over the past year or so with the Marlins.
During the 2015 season, Ozuna was sent to Triple-A after a tough stretch in which he went 1-for-36. The move was highly criticized by his agent Scott Boras. Team president David Samson fired back in November, suggesting that Boras purchase his own team so he can make personnel decisions.
Also in November, reports surfaced that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "can't stand" Ozuna and would likely be moved.
Needless to say, it's been a weird off-the-field tenure in Miami for Ozuna, who has been productive on the field -- he has a career .265 average with 36 homers (including 23 in 2014) in 346 games.