The Atlanta Braves have reportedly signed star outfielder Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18 million contract, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Atlanta was in the market for a big bat to add to its lineup after losing All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Minnesota Twins. Now the Braves have found it, adding an excellent bat to the lineup on a short-term deal.
Ozuna is coming off a successful 2019 season with the St. Louis Cardinals. A two-time All-Star, the 29-year-old hit 29 home runs with 89 RBI and a .800 OPS last season. He erupted in the postseason with a .954 OPS, two home runs and four doubles in 37 at-bats.
The move allows Atlanta to push Johan Camargo back to third base. Camargo will likely compete with Austin Riley in spring training for the Braves’ third-base job. However, the Braves will likely give Camargo the edge so Riley can develop more in the minors.
If Ozuna can deliver a repeat performance in 2020, or even top the numbers as long as he stays healthy, he will be in an excellent position to cash in next offseason.
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