The Atlanta Braves have struck an agreement to bring back outfielder Marcell Ozuna on a four-year, $64 million deal, the team announced in a statement Friday.
The contract includes a fifth-year club option that would take it to $80 million and $65 million in guaranteed money, the team said.
Ozuna took a gamble on himself after the 2019 season, turning down a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals, and signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Atlanta Braves in late January. The move paid off handsomely, as the slugger finished sixth in the National League MVP voting after leading the league with 18 home runs, 56 RBIs and 145 total bases. He was third in the NL with a career-best .338 batting average and .636 slugging percentage.
The bet? The $17.8 million qualifying offer by the Cardinals would've represented 41% of his career earnings to that point.
While considered somewhat of a defensive liability after suffering a shoulder injury in 2018, Ozuna, who turns 30 in November (DOB 11/12/90), did see some action in left field for the Braves while playing all 60 games during the pandemic-shortened season.