April 17, 2021

Marcell Ozuna gets one-year deal from Braves worth $18 million (ESPN)

ATLANTA — Free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves reached a one-year, $18 million deal Tuesday that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs in October.

Ozuna hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their five-game win over the Braves in the National League Division Series.

The 29-year-old Ozuna hit .241 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs last season. His low batting average was something of an oddity because he ranked among the major league leaders in the highest percentage of hard-hit balls, according to Statcast.

Ozuna is a two-time All-Star who spent his first five seasons with the Marlins then was traded and played two years in St. Louis.

“We’d be happy with what he did the last few years, but we think there’s that upside in him to be even better,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday night.

Ozuna will play left field. Ronald Acuna Jr. also will be a fixture in the outfield, playing either of the other two spots. Anthopoulos said the resulting glut of outfielders — Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis and Adam Duvall — will be settled this spring. A trade is possible.

Ozuna’s signing leaves infielder-outfielder Nicholas…

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