Marcell Ozuna hasn't played in a big league game since July 7th, but trade speculation about him has never been higher.
While #Marlins aren't shopping Marcell Ozuna, numerous teams asking about him, including Indians.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 28, 2015
In 322 plate appearances this season, Ozuna hit .249/.301/.337 with a wOBA of .282 and a wRC+ of 76. It was quite a disappointing follow up to his breakout 2014 season, in which Ozuna blasted 23 home runs and drove in 85. With an outfield of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Ozuna, it looked like Miami might have one of the league's best trios. However nothing has worked out the way the Marlins thought their 2015 season would, and Stanton is on the DL, Yelich has been underwhelming, and for 17 games, Ozuna has been with the AAA affiliate.
His stay in the minors appears to have helped, and in 68 plate appearances, Ozuna has posted a slash line of .344/.382/.641 with a wOBA of .440 and a wRC+ of 170. It would seem that he's due for a return trip to the big leagues, but with more than a few teams interested in acquiring him, the Marlins might hold him down until a trade is completed, or the deadline has passed.
Spencer later noted that Miami has had scouts in Cleveland, likely taking a look at some of their pitchers.
#Marlins scouts have been in Cleveland looking at pitching -- Salazar, Carrasco?— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 28, 2015
While the team isn't actively trying to trade Ozuna, it's important to note that he didn't want to talk about an extension earlier in spring training. He's also a Scott Boras client, which could make it difficult for the Marlins to lock him up before he potentially becomes expensive.
The Indians are seemingly the only team with a known interest in Ozuna, but according to Spencer, there are at least a few teams looking at him. Ozuna isn't a free agent until after the 2019 season, and with his performance in 2014 still in recent memory, it will take quite the prospect package to complete a trade.