Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said during Winter Warm-Up that he’s started toying with a 2020 lineup in his head.
“In my head he’s still here,” Shildt said. “He’s not here. (But) He’s not somewhere else. That’s just because the closeness I have with Marcell, and the connection we have. He just fit well here. That being said, just like Jose (Martinez), time will tell. Ultimately, it’s a decision that is out of my hands, and I support that decision.”
The definitive answer — no Ozuna — came Tuesday evening, when the left fielder signed a one-year, $18 million deal to join the Braves.