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Cardinals extend qualifying offer to Marcell Ozuna

The Cards have tendered him a qualifying offer... but he's likely looking for something long-term. Do you think we'll see Marcell Ozuna in a Cardinals uniform again?
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St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals have tendered a qualifying offer to free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, the club announced on Twitter Monday.

This year's qualifying offer is worth $17.8 million for a one year term, and the player has 10 days to decide whether or not to accept.

If the player declines, and then signs with a different team, the Cardinals will receive draft pick compensation.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, Astros starter Gerrit Cole, Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson, Twins starter Jake Odorizzi, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Giants reliever Will Smith, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Mets starter Zach Wheeler were also extended qualifying offers.

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Ozuna, who turns 29 on November 12, is expected to be seeking at longer term deal at this point in his career.

In two years with the Cardinals, Ozuna hit 52 home runs, drove in 177 runs and had an OPS of .777.

The Cardinals originally acquired Ozuna during the offseason of 2017 in exchange for pitcher Sandy Alcantara, outfielder Magneuris sierra, and pitchers Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano.

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