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Marlins to tender offers to Ozuna, 5 others

Realmuto, Straily, Bour, Dietrich, Rojas also expected to receive offers
MLB.com @JoeFrisaro

MIAMI -- A National League All-Star, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner, Marcell Ozuna established himself as one of the best outfielders in the National League in 2017. Still, there is uncertainty if he will be part of the Marlins plans for next year.

But one thing that is clear: Miami plans to tender the 27-year-old before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline for all arbitration-eligible players.

MIAMI -- A National League All-Star, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner, Marcell Ozuna established himself as one of the best outfielders in the National League in 2017. Still, there is uncertainty if he will be part of the Marlins plans for next year.

But one thing that is clear: Miami plans to tender the 27-year-old before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline for all arbitration-eligible players.

Ozuna is one of six Marlins going through the arbitration process, and the organization intends to tender all of them. Also on the list are catcher J.T. Realmuto, right-hander Dan Straily, first baseman Justin Bour and infielders Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas.

Video: Bour looks to continue mashing, Ozuna may regress

Tendering players is a formality -- it simply means the club is extending a contract for an amount to be determined. However, it doesn't guarantee any of these players will be with the Marlins in 2018, as they still can be traded.

The Marlins have not publicly said they are trading any specific players, but at the General Managers Meetings earlier this month in Orlando, Fla., chief executive officer Derek Jeter said the team will listen on anybody.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill added: "Some players are less likely to be traded than others."

After batting .312 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs, Ozuna is expected to receive considerable trade interest at the Winter Meetings from Dec. 10-14. The club is aiming to redirect course, and with two years remaining before qualifying for free agency, he is a possibility to be dealt.

Video: Ozuna wins his first NL Silver Slugger Award

Players eligible for arbitration must have between three and six years of Major League service time, although there are exceptions for those who fall into a Super Two category. Miami doesn't have any Super Two candidates.

Ozuna has four years, 124 days of big league service time. He made $3.5 million in 2017, and some projections have him close to $11 million next year. Realmuto, Bour and Rojas are in arbitration for the first time.

Realmuto, with three years, 38 days of service time, was one of the biggest bargains in the game in 2017, making $562,500. He hit .278 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs.

Video: NYM@MIA: Realmuto hits a walk-off homer in the 10th

Bour (three years and 64 days of service time) dealt with injuries, but still belted 25 home runs and drove in 83 while batting .289. He made $552,500.

Straily enjoyed a solid first season with the Marlins, going 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA in 181 2/3 innings after making $552,100. His service time is three years, 126 days.

Dietrich enters his second year of arbitration, and he has three years, 151 days of service time. The left-handed-hitting infielder batted .249 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs, and he made $1.7 million.

Video: ATL@MIA: Dietrich crushes three-run homer to left

Rojas enters arbitration for the first time and he has three years, 43 days of big league time. The infielder earned $535,000 in 2017, and he appeared in 90 games, dealing with a broken left thumb. He batted .290 with an on-base percentage of .361.

Dietrich and Rojas offer versatility because they play multiple positions.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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