This might sound bias because I have an odd affection for the Miami Marlins, but I really like Marcell Ozuna. At 27 years old, the Dominican born outfielder is coming off the best season of his career. In 159 games, Ozuna mashed 37 home runs to go along with 124 RBIs and a .924 OPS. It went unnoticed because of Giancarlo Stanton, but Ozuna was something special. In fact, the past two seasons for Ozuna have been more consistent compared to his first three. If he can put up the type of power numbers he had with Marlins Park as his home ballpark, just imagine what he can do with Fenway Park as his home ballpark.
Baseball Reference has Ozuna projected to decline in 2018, which is something to take into account considering he has had consistency issues in the past. If I am Dave Dombrowski though, I want this guy on my team. I would gladly substitute Jackie Bradley Jr. for Ozuna. Ozuna is a few months younger and only has one less year of control than Bradley. The Red Sox would more than likely have to throw in some prospects as well, but I can’t imagine any of them would be well-known anyway.
With this trade, the Red Sox would be sacrificing great defense, but they would be getting a much better hitter in return. Depending on the extent of their offseason plans, Ozuna could play out in the field or DH as well. It’s well-known that the Red Sox are in need of a power bat, pursuing a trade for Ozuna may be a better option than throwing hundreds of millions of dollars for top free agents. I know there are Red Sox fans out there who would want both Ozuna and JD Martinez, but I think I rather just have Ozuna. However, if Dave Dombrowski does not plan on pursuing Bryce Harper next winter, then the best thing to do would probably be to sign Martinez as well. The Red Sox can not just sit and watch as the Yankees make franchise-altering moves, something needs to be done.