After a pair of underwhelming seasons in St. Louis (107 OPS+ from 2018-19), Marcell Ozuna bet on himself prior to the '20 season, signing a one-year, $18 million free-agent deal with the Braves. It's safe to say Ozuna re-established his market value (and then some): He nearly won the National League Triple Crown after leading the Senior Circuit with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, to go along with a .338 average and a 1.067 OPS. Now, Ozuna is likely to command a much more lucrative multiyear deal.
Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder/designated hitter, who turned 30 on Nov. 12.
These 5 teams could be Ozuna's best fits
Finding the best free-agent fits for Ozuna is an interesting task, because his no-doubt elite bat is balanced by questions about whether his defense will push him into a designated-hitter role.
So what teams make the most sense? The Athletic's MLB reporters came up with a list of five (subscription required) -- the Braves, Mets, Blue Jays, Giants and Rockies.
The Braves-Ozuna reunion is obvious -- signing Ozuna paid huge dividends for Atlanta in 2020, as he was an MVP contender for the NL East champs. But the Braves' longtime division rivals, the Mets, could also be a landing spot, especially if the Mets miss out on top free agents like George Springer and Trevor Bauer and can't swing a trade for Francisco Lindor or Nolan Arenado. Ozuna and Pete Alonso would give the Mets a dangerous middle of the order.