The St. Louis Cardinals and free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna reportedly plan to meet in the next 10 days to see if a multi-year contract can be reached, a source told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Ozuna received a $17.8-million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Monday. The 28-year-old slugger is now tied to draft-pick compensation, and he has until Nov. 14 to decide if he will accept.
The two-time All-Star slashed .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during the regular season for the NL Central champions. In the playoffs, Ozuna went 9-for-21 with a pair of homers in the NLDS to help the Cardinals reach the NLCS before being swept by the Washington Nationals.
St. Louis didn't extend qualifying offers to its other four free agents - catcher Matt Wieters and pitchers Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, and Tony Cingrani. However, the team is interested in bringing back Wainwright and possibly Wieters, Hummel reports.