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Ozuna Rumors Ran Wild, Now Likely Dead

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    MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins celebrates his tripled to deep center with Third base Coach Brett Butler #2 against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Marlins Park on September 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

    The Texas Rangers got Justin Ruggiano this offseason, but they're still most likely looking for a cornerstone outfielder of the future in the corners.

    Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna could have been that guy, but it appears any rumors of a trade in the works between the Rangers and Marlins are off the table now as Ozuna's new coaches in Miami want no part of losing the young player to another team.

    There were pretty heavy rumors last week that the Rangers and Marlins were discussing a possible deal for the 25-year-old outfielder that would have sent starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez and other pieces to the Marlins — a hefty price for the Rangers to pay but it could've been a good deal.

    Now, it's probably off.

    That's because new Marlins manager Don Mattingly and new Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds came out and said they think they can mold Ozuna into a 30-30 guy with his rare blend of power and speed, not to mention the fact he's a guy who can adequately play all three outfield spots.

    Ozuna won't be a free agent until after the 2019 season, so he's got a lot of cheap, controlled years ahead of him.