Marcell Ozuna tendered contract

by Nathan Joyce | Cardinals Correspondent | Fri, Nov 30th 8:45pm EST

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Friday 7 p.m. CT deadline to tender two-time All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna a contract. The team now has six weeks to negotiate before each side is required to swap salary figures. (MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact:

Ozuna was deemed a bit of a letdown to fantasy players -- and Cardinals fans -- by compiling just 23 homers, 88 RBI and 69 runs (his lowest season total since 2015 when he scored 47) on the heels of his monstrous 37-homer, 124-RBI 2017 campaign. With the contract tender, it all but assures Ozuna, who is due a raise from his $9 million 2018 salary, will be back with the club in 2019. With the team searching for a power bat this offseason, there is a chance he'll be displaced from his usual cleanup-hitter role, which could see his counting stats fall off slightly. But if he's fully healthy heading into 2019, expect much of the same, if not better, production from the 28-year-old.

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