Count the A’s among the teams circling around the most recent expected breakup of the Marlins. One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed payroll, the A’s have interest in Marcell Ozuna and, though their preference is for a right-handed hitter, possibly Christian Yelich. Oakland will have money to spend after trading many of its higher-priced players in July. Plus, Billy Butler’s contract is now off the books. Though the A’s won’t entertain moving any of their core young major-leaguers, apart from designated hitter-corner infielder Ryon Healy, the team has compiled some good minor-league talent over the past several years and could be willing to part with some of it in exchange for a big bat. Yelich, who turns 26 next month, is guaranteed $46.5 million over the next four years. With a .290 career average and a Gold Glove to his credit, he’d command a major return. Ozuna, who turns 27 next week, might be a slightly easier get — he’ll be a free agent after the 2019 season, and he’s projected to make more than $10 million in arbitration this winter. However, Ozuna hit .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs in 2017, so Miami will be looking for quality in return. The Chronicle reported last month that the A’s are looking to move Healy in order to free up the DH spot for Khris Davis, opening a slot for another right-handed-hitting outfielder.
Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna among A’s possible winter targets
San Francisco Chronicle | Nov 9