Bonds and Mattingly want Ozuna to stay on Marlins

BY foxsports • January 10, 2016

There has been some ongoing rumors about Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and his feelings toward outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

Many in the industry reportedly think he will soon be traded because Loria "can't stand the guy."

Despite Loria's supposed dislike of Ozuna, he's been a productive player on the field -- which is why new hitting coach Barry Bonds and manager Don Mattingly want him on their team.

According to Nick Cafardo at the Boston Globe, teams have inquired on Ozuna, but Bonds and Mattingly have pushed back:

"Up to 10 teams have inquired and/or have serious interest. But Marlins executives are getting pushback from new hitting coach Barry Bonds and manager Don Mattingly, feeling they can shape Ozuna into a 30/30 performer."

Ozuna had a breakout campaign in 2014, hitting .269 with 23 home runs and 85 RBI, but struggled in 2015, owning a .259 average with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 123 games.

A midseason demotion caused his agent Scott Boras to question to teams' decision, leading to some back-and-forth between he and the front office.

Ozuna is under team control through 2019.



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