The MLB offseason has gotten off to a bit of a slow start. The Braves made their first move earlier this week bringing back Josh Tomlin on a one year deal that includes an option for 2022. However, the heavy lifting remains as Atlanta will once again need to find a big bat for the lineup along with some rotation help.
Marcell Ozuna bet on himself last offseason taking a one-year deal with the Braves and it will likely pay off as he turned in a stellar performance leading the National League in home runs and RBI. The thinking is that his market may be slower to develop until the status of the DH in the NL for 2021 is announced. Still, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Braves are one of 10 teams that have been in contact with Ozuna.
No less than 10 teams, including the Braves, have showed interest in Marcell Ozuna, who led the NL with 18 home runs and 56 RBI and finished 6th in MVP voting. Interest comes from both leagues but it can’t hurt that the universal DH is on the horizon.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 13, 2020
Ozuna started 21 games in left field in 2020 but his defensive shortcomings are something that any team will have to weigh. If the DH does remain, then Ozuna’s market will no doubt expand.