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Ozuna, who is arbitration eligible, isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020, so Miami has no urgency to make a trade. Ozuna had one of the best individual seasons in Marlins history in 2017, batting .312 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs. The big year will land him a hefty payday, with projections indicating he could make about $11 million in arbitration.

The Cardinals and Giants, both interested in Stanton, also could pursue Ozuna as a fallback plan. At this point, the Marlins have prioritized trade talks for Stanton, before opening the lines on Ozuna.

At the General Managers Meetings last month, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill noted the club is committed to building a strong, sustainable foundation, adding that trades will develop at their own pace.

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“There’s no timeline on how we do that,” Hill said. “We know the steps that we need to take in order to do that, and that is what we’re in the process of building. We’re trying to build a sustainable, consistent, productive Major League organization.”

That remains the club stance with the Winter Meetings set to begin on Monday in Lake Buena Vista.’s Jon Paul Morosi has reported the Giants and Cardinals have each agreed on frameworks for deals for Stanton. The Dodgers remain interested, and there could be additional clubs that have not yet been disclosed.

Complicating a potential Stanton trade is the fact the slugger has a full no-trade clause and an opt-out in 2020. His salary is set to jump to $25 million in ’18, with a total of $295 million remaining over the final 10 years of

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