Ozuna says he'll stay in St. Louis if Cardinals 'step up,' per report

The free agent outfielder says the Cardinals are his first choice, according to a Dominican TV station he spoke to.

Sam Masterson
January 09, 2020 - 9:00 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals are on the top of Marcell Ozuna's list of destinations in 2020 and beyond, according to a report from a Dominican TV station. 

St. Louis' left fielder for the past two seasons spoke to Neftalí Ruiz of CDN37 and said he's narrowed his decision down to just the Cardinal or Texas Rangers. 

"St. Louis is on the hunt. We will see which one of the two will be (Cardinals/Rangers). I’ve been in St. Louis and I like the city. My first option will be St. Louis. If they step up I will stay, if not I will find a new home," Ozuna reportedly said. 

The Cardinals offered Ozuna a one-year qualifying offer of $17.8 million, so if he signs somewhere else, the Cardinals would recieve a compensation draft pick from that team. 

But if Ozuna returns, he would fill the role of cleanup hitter that some believe the 2020 Cardinals roster is still missing. 

The Reds were the rumored leaders to sign the 29-year-old outfielder this winter, but may no longer be interested since signing Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama to a three-year deal.

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