6:06pm: The Braves have announced the deal and confirmed the terms of the agreement.
6:01pm: The Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. The MDR Sports Management client will receive an $18MM salary that slightly exceeds the $17.8MM qualifying offer from the Cardinals that he rejected back in November.
The market for Ozuna has been tepid, with the Cardinals and Rangers reported as the primary suitors for much of the winter. That likely changed when Atlanta missed out on third baseman Josh Donaldson, who agreed to a four-year deal with the Twins last week. Adding Ozuna to the lineup won’t account for the loss of Donaldson’s production, but it nonetheless bolsters a lineup that already won the division in 2018 and 2019.
Ozuna will presumably join Ender Inciarte (center) and Ronald Acuna Jr. (right) in comprising the Braves’ regular outfield trio. Inciarte and fellow outfielders Nick Markakis and Adam Duvall will likely lose some at-bats as a result of the signing, which gives the Braves a deep and talented mix from which to draw.
When the Cardinals originally acquired Ozuna from the Marlins in the 2017-18 offseason, it looked as though the club had acquired one of the game’s burgeoning top power threats. Ozuna swatted 37 home runs in ’17 and turned in a scintillating .312/.376/.548 line through 159 games. But shoulder problems slowed him over his two seasons in St. Louis — particularly in 2018. Ozuna did turn in a .262/.327/.451 batting line with 52 home runs, 39 doubles, three triples and 15 steals in 1177 trips to the plate (106 OPS+, 108 wRC+), but he wasn’t the heart-of-the-order force the Cardinals had presumably hoped to acquire.
That 2018-19 production aligns with the output that Ozuna showed in 2014-16 — raising the question of whether the 2017 season is repeatable or simply an outlier. Notably, there are some encouraging factors that suggest Ozuna could have more in the tank than he showed during his time with the Cardinals. His average exit velocity and hard-hit rate were both elite, per Statcast, as were his expected batting average, expected slugging percentage and expected wOBA. Ozuna also posted a career-high 11.3 walk rate that easily topped his previous career-best of 9.4 percent and trounced the 6.9 percent career mark he carried into 2019.
Defensively, Ozuna comes with plenty of uncertainty. He won a Gold Glove in 2017 with the Marlins, but his ongoing shoulder troubles completely sapped his throwing ability in 2018. Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating both still graded him as an above-average fielder thanks to his range, although Statcast’s Outs Above Average metric pegged him at -9 over the duration of his two-year stint in St. Louis. At the very least, he should’t be a major liability for the Braves, and there’s the potential that he’ll actually deliver plus glovework if he’s at full strength.
The other ripple effect for the Braves is that bringing Ozuna into the fold cements Austin Riley’s return to the infield mix. He and Johan Camargo are now the likeliest options for the Braves at third base, but it’s at least plausible that the club could look into options on the trade market. However, Ozuna’s contract pushes the Braves up to a franchise-record $158MM projected cash payroll, and perhaps even more surprisingly, they’re at $186MM in payroll as calculated for luxury tax purposes, per Roster Resource’s Jason Martinez. A Nolan Arenado acquisition has long appeared unlikely but looks even less plausible now, as acquiring him would push the Braves over the luxury threshold for the first time in franchise history. Even a deal to bring Kris Bryant over from the Cubs would leave Atlanta just a couple million shy of the $208MM barrier.
While the deal is a sensible one for the Braves, it’s hard to view it as anything other than a disappointing outcome for Ozuna. He’ll take home the largest salary of his career and slightly beat the qualifying offer value, but this isn’t the multi-year deal that most envisioned for the 29-year-old at the outset of free agency. We at MLBTR expected that he could struggle to secure the type of four- or five-year pact that some had forecast, but our prediction of a three-year, $45MM deal still proved too aggressive.
On the plus side for Ozuna, he’ll pocket that hefty one-year salary and reenter the free-agent market next winter at a relatively youthful 30 years of age. There’ll be even greater competition on the outfield market next time around, when Mookie Betts and George Springer are among the top-ranked free agents on the market, but Ozuna won’t have a qualifying offer hanging over his head. Additionally, it’s possible that some big-spending clubs who are in the midst of quiet offseasons — e.g. Cubs, Red Sox, Giants — will be more apt to engage in the open market.
As for the Cardinals, the fact that Ozuna settled on a one-year deal backs up recent reporting from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicating Ozuna wasn’t a priority for the team. Other reports of the St. Louis organization’s interest in keeping Ozuna in the fold appear to have been overstated, and the outfielder’s ultimate price point only reinforces recent comments from Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. which suggested that another splash might not be in the forecast.
It’s hard not to point out that Ozuna’s 2020 salary will line up almost perfectly with the $18.5MM owed to Matt Carpenter, who signed a two-year extension last spring that now looks to be regrettable for the Cardinals. Keeping Ozuna or acquiring a third baseman might’ve been more of a priority had Carpenter hit free agency this winter, as he would’ve without signing that new contract. Instead, the organization is left hoping for a rebound from the 34-year-old Carpenter, who slashed .226/.334/.392 in 2019.
The Cardinals won’t be left entirely empty-handed with Ozuna out the door, though. They’ll get a compensatory draft pick following Competitive Balance Round B in this summer’s draft — a selection that should fall in the upper-70s. The Braves, meanwhile, will surrender their third-best pick in next year’s draft in order to sign Ozuna, although they’re also set to acquire a compensatory pick for the loss of Donaldson, which helps to mitigate the damage.
With Ozuna off the market, Nicholas Castellanos is the clear-cut top free agent remaining. He and fellow free-agent Yasiel Puig represent the top two options on the market for clubs still seeking corner outfield upgrades. Ozuna’s subtraction from the pool of available talent could help the market for one or both outfielders move closer to a resolution.
And the QO system strikes again!
Yes, the Cardinals will get another draft pick. Awesome.
The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla
It’s not a 1st rounder like before though. It will be a pick after Competitive Round B.
STL gaming the system year in and out, claiming small market but having a massively wealthy owner who runs the team like a big market team so they get the best of both worlds, is I’m gunna say, probablyyy a thing the other 29 teams might take issue with if it continues. If they can take Oaklands extra market share away, they can definitely get leaned on by the other 29 teams to make the Cardinals play fair and either go low budget with lots of help, or go high and get all the same benefits as the Yankees (none).
I thought the Cards’ TV deal put them closer to the big market category.
I read this three times—-Just What are you saying here son???
The fact that STL gets competitive balance picks is a complete joke.
They have the 10th highest payroll in MLB.
St louis is a small market with a very popular team. Why should they be penalized for doing things right. So comp picks are only for mismanaged teams in your view?
STL is a small market. Very small population comparative to the home cities of teams that don’t receive the competitive balance pick. A very large percentage of the market, however is extremely invested in the team. Still a small market though. Not that hard to figure out once you put a brain cell or two into use.
Not small market team.
Market means the size/population of the area surrounding the team. Compared to many other teams, Saint Louis is very small. So yeah, small market. Do they spend like a small market? No they do not. But that has a lot to do with what I mentioned in my previous comment.
the cuban solution
The stadium is in the city of St. Louis. Population 303k.
I don’t know how to break this to you but the Cards do not”claim” anything, and if they did it wouldn’t matter anyway. Market rankings is a complex procedure that the league decides with no input from any teams. You want to penalize St. Louis because they draw so well, even though they have to have an enormous amount of fans attend games, from a percentage of residence that is comparatively small. Just think about the precedent you would be proposing, penalizing a franchise for drawing well. That would turn Baseball upside down. The Cards can match some of the bigger cities payroll, only due to their attendance figures. The wealth of ownership should have nothing to do with competitive balance. Please just think about it!
They may be in a small city but their “market” is one of the biggest in baseball. All of the Midwest farm states root cardinals. From southern Illinois to central Arkansas, western Tennessee/Kentucky to central, Nebraska/Kansas, it’s considered the “local” team, FAR more so than the royals. I’m a cubs fan in northwest Arkansas and I’m always being hounded bc it’s hardcore Cardinal country here. I’m 6hr from St Louis and their games are all blacked out for me. Their market is pretty huge
Yes, and Mo will do nothing with the $17.8 million he’s saved. He’s already shown that.
At the same time, this is a head-scratcher by the Barves.
Head scratcher how you don’t see the elephant in the room of a solution. Mid-order bat that is an upgrade to Kakes/Duvall and comes off the books next year. If he rebounds they can also have dibs at re-signing him easing Pache/Waters in CF, letting Inciarte go. They still have the future dollars and prospects to go big, but don’t have to until the right deal. Why don’t people understand this team will pay a bit for comfort.
Huge addition to their corner OF mix, now IF Riley can grow as a hitter(or at least .250 w/ consistent pop) as their 3B, they seem like best bet to win the East.
He will. It’s going to Flaherty and his extension
More likely to be Camargo.
Right, this is the perfect plan B for the Braves. Yes, plan A was resigning JD, but their plan B was finding a big bat to protect Freeman.
They also had to take into consideration that Pache and/or Waters would be ready very soon, so they didn’t want to block those two big prospects, by signing an OF’er long term.
Now, they kept all their prospects, they didn’t block their top guys, got their big bat to protect Freeman, and they get to see what Riley and/or Camargo can do for the first half of the season. If they don’t perform, then they can re-address 3B at the deadline. They can also, go back into free agency next season, with a better understanding of their needs then.
This works out EXTREMELY WELL for the Braves by signing Ozuna to a 1yr deal. Not to mention, now they don’t have to rely so heavily on all three of Inciarte and the platoon of Markakis and Duvall to produce offensively. Now, the Braves can consistently start Acuña Jr. and Ozuna, and then they can play the best pitching and fielding match-ups with Inciarte, Markakis, and Duvall..
Plus, come mid-season, if one of Pache or Waters is tearing it up, then the Braves can trade Ender off, or use him as a small piece to acquire a more pressing need. This move helps now, it helps the Braves throughout the season, and it’ll certainly help the Braves going into next season..
If you’re a Braves fan, and you think differently, then idk what to tell you, but you clearly don’t have a grasp on reality, nor the Braves overall, on-going situation.
Nothing at all head scratching about it, feels a huge need bat wise
While Ozuna may be considered an upgrade compared to what we have now. Looking at how he fares against NL East pitching concerns me. Considering the majority of his AB’s will be against those teams will be a bit unsettling until he proves himself. So the “head scratcher ” comment isn’t as far fetched whenever you look at the split-stat line.
While I’m not upset over the signing, I’m just a bit skeptical. Just as I was with signing JD. I don’t think it will be a complete loss, but I honestly dont feel it will be the answers our lineup is looking for.
@vtncsc Camargo has seem to already shown his ceiling which seemed very much BABIP-fueled. A decent utility guy, but thinking the Braves hope Riley improves his discipline at the plate.
May not happen, but all these FA signings (Smith, Ozuna, Hamels, D’arnaud, Martin) still allow the Braves to trade for a high upside, low-cost pitcher, i.e., Clevinger, Boyd, etc., or make a big, mid season splash.
Honestly, this does make sense!
I called our GM. He really doesn’t care how any of us “feels” about it. They are the ones that have to live with the good/bad contracts. They also get a check from a MLB team.
I understand why the Braves signed him. I just dont like the signing. But what do I know. I dont run the front office. I hope it works out.
Clevinger is not available.
Braves Fan 138
Thank you a fellow Braves fan who isn’t brain dead
Considering the $25M going to raises on the current cards roster, nothing is being saved.
Responding to jonnymac2for1
I appreciate your comment–nicely said, sir!
Who’s going to hit Clean up for the Cardinals now???? Matt Carpenter——because he’s supposed to has such a great season?!! Damn Owners!!!!! Especially tight wad DeWitt Jr. I use to respect that guy. He’s bound and determined for the Cardinals to Fail in 2020!!!!!
You do realize since he’s taken over, only the Yankees and Braves have had more success wining % wise. The cards really haven’t had to rebuild at all and still remain a playoff-able team something only the Yankees can claim. I’m pretty sure a lot of fan bases would swap owners and those numbers with cardinal fans.
You act like the Cards were awful last year; they won the division!!!
Consistently consistent never mind missing the playoffs 3yrs in a row and would have been 4 but the cubbies imploded. 10 games over 500 every year with no playoffs is fine for teams like Miami or San Diego not cards nation. The real angst for fans is that they SHOULD have made the playoffs the last 4yrs but for poor mgmt and front office blundering!
We all expected it would hurt him too.
Love it but not a huge fan of 1 year deals personally (esp after the JD saga). With pache and waters coming I get it, but would prefer a 2nd year option minimum. AA knows these 1 year deals gets the most out these guys and the lineup is back to super solid.
Unless it was at least 3 years or more, it’s highly unlikely Ozuna would have taken anything other than just a 1yr deal regardless. He might have taken a player option for a 2nd year, but I don’t think AA wanted to tie up that money with the high likelihood both Pache AND Waters would be ready to go.
This 1 yrs deal, allows AA and the Braves to assess both Pache and Waters in AAA for a longer period of time, and it also allows the Braves to assess Riley and/or Camargo this season.
Next, going into the off-season, they’ll have that Ozuna and Hamels money freed up, and they can then know exactly what they need and where that money needs to be spent moving forward. Both Pache and Waters might prove to be ready, one of Riley or Camargo could prove more than capable, and then the Braves could use that combined money to spend bigger on a front-end starter??
It’s just an example, but these 1yr deals allow AA and the Braves a tremendous amount of flexibility moving forward. That flexibility is absolutely paramount for sustaining success when they have a good bit of uncertainty surrounding their rotation, 3B, at C, and to a lesser degree their OF…The Braves will never have a top payroll, especially on their garbage TV Deal, so they have to be smart about how they spend their money. In order to remain extremely competitive, and in order to field as complete a team as possible, AA and co. cannot afford to miss on a multiyear, high aav deal..
They play the game within the rules and win. If they don’t like it, well, change the rules.
All American Johnsonville Dogs
Now go trade for Bryant or Arrenado.
Riley Wright Waters and Weigel. Offer both the package if neither take it fine.
I can’t see them adding anymore payroll. I’m not big on Ozuna, but it adds another bat.
He’s got a lot of incentive to perform like JD did last year. I think it’s a great move for them, they are going for it this year.
I’m a Phillies fan and I believe the Braves quietly won the off-season and will get the most contributions as far as their minor leaguers stepping up and performing. They have several guys at AAA that could come up and potentially set fire and pitchers who are on the verge of breakout seasons.
I think winning the first WS after all the controversy of this offseason would be special. Like you did it fair and square, you guys are world champs. The Braves and Dodgers are locks for the postseason but I think my Phillies get in as the 2nd wild card.
First of all, thank you for being a cool fan, regardless of the rivalry..Not too many out there, like ourselves, so it is refreshing to see.
Second, I think the Braves did do a good job of addressing their needs, but it’s going to take alot to go right not only to make it to the playoffs, but especially to advance. I still think the Braves are possibly a year away from being a title contender, but I hope I’m wrong.
As for the Phils, they are definitely getting slept on. I absolutely loved their moves of DD, Wheeler, and by getting back Cutch they’re going to be a really tough team to beat. I think like the Braves, ultimately they’re playoff chances hinge on the success of their 4th and 5th starters. Health aside, it is very likely whichever pairing has the better season, out of Hamels and Newcomb/Wright or Pivetta and Eflin/Velasquez very well could decide who takes the division..
Hefty package there. Think waters is the real deal.
That would be a start for Bryant
@kidbryant Thanks for the laugh
Hahaha as a cubs fan. Wright, waters and 2 throw in’s is enough
Yeah if this is my only other option I’m gonna pass on this trade too lol
Exactly. No throw ins. Wright, Waters, Acuna, and Soroka sounds like more of a fair deal.
Bryant isn’t worth Acuna straight up.
TDTD1515 – is your screen not showing sarcasm font? Because you missed it from Good Guys…
@kidbryant hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha (from a jays fan) good luck with that ‘starting point’
not getting Fried!
Hell if that was the Braves offer id jump on it in 2 seconds
For 2 years. That is just a stupid trade for the Braves.
Sorry but the Bryant rumors start with Pache. If he’s not included, there is no discussion…but he’s not going anywhere anyway.
I would likely propose this trade to the Angels for Mike Trout as a starting off point. But for Bryant and his issues (most likely why not many are biting), I would consider Riley and a few other prospects as long as he drops his grievance and we get him for a couple of seasons.
His grievance has already been heard, so there’s nothing to drop. It just hasn’t been decided and/or announced yet, and he’s not going to win it either, so there should be no concerns from potential suitors about whether they might only get him for one year.
That would also be a quick and easy no..
That is an asinine trade proposal for either one of them.
@allamerican if AA even offered this as a trade he would lose his job tomorrow. and it would be deserved
Trade for Price, but not on Chaim Bloom’s inflated ask. Get that lefty. But, in reality, Mo will do nothing. https://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2020/01/mo-continues-to-keep-his-hands-under.html
Not a chance. They only have Ozuna for one year, I am certain with the hope of a 2021 outfield with Waters and Pache in it if they produce/develop sufficiently. Hopefully Wright will be in the rotation before that. As for 3rd Base, Riley is still an excellent prospect which is probably why The Braves didn’t outbid the Twins for Donaldson’s services. If neither Camargo or Riley hit early they will have to find someone at that point.
I was meaning to post that comment as a response to the person suggesting they trade the farm for Bryant or Arenado.
I think platooning Carmargo and Riley will result in one of the two into producing some decent numbers. Platoon them thru the season as long as they produce.
Hell, turn 3rd base into the old school 2nd base,SS position. As long as you had a strong defensive middle infield, you were good.
Guys, look at what we had when we won our last championship!!!
Dogs – I thought I’ve read that neither Bryant nor Arenado are available for trade from their respective teams. Do you have information to the contrary?
People around here don’t care about what the other team thinks. They only want player X on their team and just expect the other team to take back their third string catcher in AAA some pitcher in low A that Baseball America said might be great in 2024, and an overpaid big leaguer to even out the salaries in exchange.
Or just wait until Arenado opts our and lose none of those guys.
Yeah because even if he does opt out, he is 100% guaranteed to ignore Dodgers or Yankees money in order to play for the Cardinals just simply because Cards fans want it that way.
I wasnt expecting that
You’re the biggest troll on here. Seriously, stfu.
I remember when this site used to crack down hard on trolls. Then they revamped about 5 years ago and gave up
I remember when this site used to let us vote thumbs down. It’s declined in several ways.
only clowns vote thumbs down, why not turn that frown upside down!
why u want to be even madder online than you already are with an cowardly anonymous thumbs down button – lol grow up, guy whos probably my dads age LOL
So what would that make him, 25?
Speaking of when they used to crack down on trolls…
Doesn’t happen often, but yet again I agree with Strike Four.
Amen. Go away BumgarnerEquals, nobody wants to hear you.
Oh get a life, dont bully people just because you dont like their opinion – destroy them with facts and logic like I always do, all of the time 🙂
S4, you’re growing on me.
i agree with the first part and disagree with the second:)
You literally just called someone a clown for their opinion, you hypocrite. Stop. Projecting.
It’s a one year deal….how is it terrible?
cant answer for him but I dont see the point in giving up a draft pick for 1 year deals.
I agree, even with the lower value of the QO draft pick than in the past. Doubly so after the Barves made no effort to sign Donaldson.
We had a comp pick from JD signing with the Twins so its a wash there
or, if you don’t sign him, you have two.
Why not? Most draft picks don’t even get one year service time in the bigs. Worth the gamble especially since they are getting one back from th Donaldson signing.
You don’t gain a pick from not signing, you simply maintain what you already have.
With giving up a draft pick it’s like playing the lottery. What would you do? Would you give up a potential Hall of Famer for someone who hit .240 for one season?
It all boils down to the “numbers” and “odds” at this point in the game.
As a Braves fan I want a championship, but I also want to know my money is going into building a COMPETITIVE team each and every year.
There are over 1,000 players drafted every year. If lucky, 1or maybe 2 of them will get into the Hall of Fame. Odds are those two would not be available to be selected in the 2nd or 3rd round whenever the pick you gave up would have come up. So Hall of Fame doesn’t even need to be mentioned.
With a 2nd round pick, you only have about a 40% chance of that guy even making the majors. A 3rd round pick goes down to about 25%. And about half of those that do make it are only there for a cup of coffee or a short unsuccessful stint.
Sure the draft pick could end up being great, but the odds favor one year of Ozuna being FAR superior to the career output of anyone selected with that draft pick.
For once, we agree. Would have been much smarter for the the Braves to trade some of their minor league arms to the pitching starved Cubs for 2 years of Bryant.
All American Johnsonville Dogs
Signing Ozuna doesn’t mean the braves can’t also acquire Bryant or Arrenado.
it doesn’t but the signing also means they won’t…we get to hold onto all our precious prospects like Lennie from Of Mice and Men smh
We never disagreed???
LOL! Terrible move because this might actually shut him up for awhile.
New franchise record for OD payroll.
No Soup For Yu!
He’s the type of guy who would actually be unhappy if the Braves won the World Series, or he’d go on forever about how they managed to win it despite their “horrible roster”
People saying this is a terrible deal for ATL.. Ozuna probably wasn’t willing to accept multiple years at that AAV.
This allows him essentially the same opportunity JD had last year in that he can re-enter the FA market (except without a QO being the kicker instead of proving his health)
Idk. We needed the bat so I’m thankful for the move. Could have been worse (running Markakis back out there again)
whatever happen to AllourGodsabandonedUs? is this you?…would make sense lol
3 of the above posters are the same person. Do not engage.
Yes, still pouting that the Braves aren’t giving out multi-year deals to his favorite players from 2014
That is him, don’t forget 200pluskpsuedostar nonsense that was him also and who knows prior to that.
Don’t know if you’re referring to me, but I’m rather new here as a commenter (have silently followed the site for years, back when it was mainly just Dierkes) and don’t even know who that is lol. You can find my username on six other MLB related sites/blogs though. I’m not a fake account
God, we have the worst and most uneducated fan base in professional sports…
Buy a pack of big league chew and go back to the comments section of the Braves FaceBook page where you belong.
Don’t elaborate any.
really drew out all your fellow trolls with this one. Good job!
Drink bleach troll.
That’s for Bumloser
” Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, ”
I knew this guy was never getting anything like what he was rumored to be going for and said to get.
Same with Castallanos. It’s this or looking for work in April.
i hate my father
Kind of makes me wonder, if the Cubs are going to unload some salaries (Keep Bryant) and go get Castallanos on the cheap.
They better not get rid of Bryant to pay for Castellanos. Might as well give the other team 2 runs a game with Castellanos and schwarber in the corners
Agreed. Good take.
Not good for Mets fans
Why not? He hit 15-/370/200 for a 570 total OPS against the Mets in 20 ab’s last season and a 464 OPS against Mets pitching in 2018. An average hitter isn’t making a difference for the Braves.
I mean he’s no Donaldson, but still a solid bat, nice signing by Braves just wondering how the Braves outfield situation is gonna go?
This could also give them some motivation to deal Inciarte or include him in a larger deal for some salary relief, moving Acuña over and allowing Kakes/Pache/Waters to come in.
By mid-April it will be
I just don’t have any faith in Ender making it past the first month injury free.
Acuna isn’t the ” Centerfielder ” Ender is at this point.
Guess you “missed” where UGA said he didn’t have “faith” in Ender “staying healthy” “for long.”
@ RunDMC, if Inciarte doesn’t have an excellent spring training the outfield will be Ozuna lf, Acuna cf and a platoon of Markakis and Duvall in rf or possibly either just straight up Markakis in rf 70% of the time. You can bet on it.
Will Braves fans stop whining now? Probably not.
they should be happy with what they have – understanding Phillies fan
Will you stop whining about what everyone else does?
Every team has a selection of whiny fans. On these boards some of our Atlanta fans are grossly entitled. Probably less than you’re lead to believe as certainly a few of them post under burner accounts.
Why do you care if they are whining or not?
That’s it Marcell?
Thanks for the pick Atlanta. Cardinals didn’t really want him back anyway. ♂️
Because your rebuilding lolz. Have fun this season
Funny that the cards are rebuilding but just knocked you guys out of the playoffs a couple months ago. What does that say about the braves?
Yet cards manager gets caugh with that video and instant karma in nlcs
caught? he didnt do anything out of the ordinary. you never been in a locker room ?
stan lee the manly
Lol, what exactly is your definition of a rebuilding club? Because the Cardinals ain’t it
Our fans are so embarrassing sometimes…
Apparently, rebuilding to him is trading away a 30 year old, DH-limited player who had a .751 OPS and 97 OPS+ last season for a top left handed pitching prospect.
They should rebuild, because they’re old as dirt.
Their team wasn’t that old. Their overall average age was 27 which was dead middle of the entire MLB.
Starters…Molina. Carpenter. Fowler. Goldschmidt. Wainwright. Miller. All past their prime. All making big money.
Hes not a 3B but as a Braves fan I’ll take it … Put him in LF cheaper than Donaldson and hope he takes off with Riley/Camargo at 3B
i hate my father
Ozuna either takes this offer or wait until mid season.
what’s not to understand here? he’s suggesting that this is the only reasonable offer he got.
Whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis?!
dynamite drop in monty
I bet you $50 he takes the real
Nice sign, potential bargain of the year, he’s going to go off this season.
I could easily seeing this being another Josh Donaldson situation for Atlanta.
Might want to get your eyes checked bud. This guy is not an MVP and they gave up a draft pick.
braves fan since 1968
mn owes us a draft pick or did u forget
I look at the exit velocity numbers from last year and think he could have had a equal year offensively if they just found holes. I think it’s a great signing because it does put things in better standing to make a deal for Bryant. btw, I’ve hated the braves since they kicked the crap out of my Giants in the nl west through the 90’s. lol
I’ll trust the GM’s assessment over the internet GMs
Exit velocity means nothing if it’s a ground ball to short 40% of the time
That just means the player is a swing adjustment away from liners and dingers so I gotta disagree there
Minnesota doesn’t owe you anything. You will get a pick after Competitive round B. Minnesota loses a pick, but you don’t get that pick. Braves are not without there 2nd and 3rd highest picks due to signing Smith and Ozuna.
let’s hope the plan is to move ender put scuba back in center and markakis in right. Duvall can be a bench piece. who knows though :/
It’s already been stated that Kaks is LF this year.
They ARE NOT going to pay Ozuna $18 million to ride the bench or platoon with anyone. Unless he bats 100. Ozuna will be the starter in LF.
They had no cleanup hitter unless they moved Acuna to the spot and that would leave them without a leadoff man. This helps the lineup flow.
Wow! AS strikes again!
NO! I can’t stand this guy… AA plz void this pending agreement ASAP. I refuse to cheer for him
Since you said please, the Braves have decided to back out.
How old are you? 7?
Why? Because he beat the brakes off of us in the postseason this year?
Hell, I’m just glad he won’t be facing us if we make it again
The Adrian Beltre
How would you feel if they rescinded the offer and gave it to Puig?
silver lining is that it’s only for 1 year…
I’ll never complain about a 1 year deal but compared to Donaldson, this is boring at best.
Meh…not close to elite
2021 payroll: $70.5MM
this tells me the cardinals were never in on him unless he was willing to take a deal so cheap they couldn’t say no. I sure hope the youth they’re touting shines this year. that inconsistent offense sure didn’t gain any stability this offseason. congrats to the Braves. ignore the haters and enjoy your new left fielder. he’s aggravating at times but he’ll carry your offense for good stretches as well. plus, you get him in a contract year right out of the gate. he’ll be hungry.
He should have been hungry THIS contract year. came to spring training fat and out of shape.
This may open up arenado for the cards. With Bryant probably not going to the Braves and Nolan badmouthing the team the stars seem to be lining up.
he wasn’t fat and out of shape. that’s a flat out lie. he had a bum shoulder. huge difference.
deal so cheap? they offered him 17.8m months ago
they gave him a QO that everybody and their sister knew he’d reject. it’s the strategic gamble you take to gain a pick. my point is they would have only resigned him if the bidding died to a ridiculously low contract that they’d have to reevaluate.
Let’s agree to disagree. Pretty sure if they offered him QA they drop the 18m for a year. Ozuna went to a hyped up team. Braves are good. Only time will tell.
Actually a lot of pundits thought he would take the QO. With the injury last year and since he “liked” STL would be a good year to rebuild himself and get a huge offseason contract
Well that came from out of LF.
All the Braves signings do.
too bad this isn’t Facebook, there’s ton of missing the joke gifs to choose from.
I think he’s going into left field.
And into LF.
This is an excellent move for the Braves. Certainly worth the draft pick.
Really? What do you know I’m sure you thought the Bryce Harper deal was great!
It actually is
Well at least we kind of got a clean up hitter lol. I knew this would happen lmao
Good hitter. But y another outfielder. Markakis, inciarte, Acura, ozuna. With waters and pache creeping up. I know I’m forgetting someone else too
Bc they’ll trade some away
Hopefully this means Markaksis is really going to be used as a bench piece like he should have been last year.
Ah don’t get my hopes up lol
Ozuna is only on a one year deal, and Markakis is on the last year of his contract. They’re probably just keeping the seat warm for both Waters and Pache, and they’ll eventually move Inciarte in a trade, or keep him around as a 4th outfielder.
Well … I don’t love it… but I definitely don’t hate it. Teams better, hard to complain. Now we need to trade NM or Ender in my humble opinion.
Who is going to trade for Nick? Ender will be traded, most likely.
Cubs need CF help.
Acuna isn’t the CF’er Ender is yet. But, I would trade Ender to Chicago for Kimbrel. They need a leadoff hitter.
You right. Can’t complain. At least there trying to win instead of doing nothing
castellanos won’t get more than 27 million. heck. he may get less than ozuna once teams find out hes a rotating dh/horrendous goofball fielder.
Odd decision. Do they still have to forfeit pick?
If so, not sure understand logic.
Yep, comp pick goes to St. Louis. No sense at all.
Interesting. On my franchise on The Show 19, I have Ozuna playing for the Braves.
Put Trout on the roster while you’re at it
Ozuna didn’t want to be on the cardinals you don’t sign with the braves for just 200k more he just wanted to act like he was a fan boy of stl
stan lee the manly
Or, he wanted a multi year deal and the Cards weren’t willing to do it.
neither were the Braves.
Yep, their saving some money for Chipper JR, with the top players already signed the rest are going to get squeezed.
He was begging the Cards to resign him in public.
Obvious upgrade over the platoon they were going to use
another NL East signing. sheesh
1 year deal is perfect hopefully Riley can take 3B & run with it by the end of the year
We’ve now entered the “lend-lease cleanup hitter” era in MLB….good; AA plays it smart……worry about 2020, let 2021 take care of itself…….the core is going to be there for a while, shuffle the deck around the core…..guys on one year deals have extra motivation…..
Ozuna’s a bit of a putz, but that’s what Freddie Freeman and Markakis are for……
It is a double edge sword for a Cardinals fan
How? Cards got just what they wanted.
I wonder if there were multi year deals out there with lower AAVs and if he decided to take a 1 year deal in order to bet on himself for his next contract. Or alternatively maybe there was just such little interest that he felt like he had to take this or end up not signing until after the draft.
I feel like it has to be the first one, it’s strange that he didn’t get a multi year deal.
Ozu7na is not very good, poor defense and low average.
Ozuna was comically bad on defense last season. I literally laughed multiple times watching him try to field the ball.
Maybe got offers that were smaller than what he’s after. He’s definitely betting on his self; won’t have a QO attached next season. If he returns to his prior form in 2020 he’ll most likely get paid.
Solid move by the Braves. Ozuna won’t completely replace Donaldson, but he’s a capable bat. He bets on himself with a “pillow contract”, and hopes he has a good season in 2020 to get a multi-year contract with no qualifying offer attached next winter.
I would guess that Inciarte will be dangled in trade. Cubs need a CF, Braves need a 3B… I’m smelling a Kris Bryant deal in the making…
I believe they can QO him again next year. You can’t QO in back to back seasons if they player accepted the offer in year 1 (like Ryu did) but if you reject it, you can get it placed on you again (I’m quite sure of this anyways).
One qualifying offer per career. No QO for Ozuna next winter.
Yeah, it’s not like the NFL, where you can give a certain player the Franchise Tag, their version of the Qualifying Offer more than once.
Makes no sense for either side. The Braves just lost Donaldson and, at least on paper, the Redbirds are much better positioned to make a deep playoff run this year. Ozuna doesn’t markedly improve the Braves and one could argue that he has negative value for them compared to JD and how their current OF is constructed.
For Ozuna’s part, it doesn’t make sense to leave St. Louis over a measly 200k unless he never wanted to be there in the first place. I can’t see 200k and playing golf after the ALDS making more sense than the added playoff bonuses should the Cards make a deeper run in October.
All this really does for Atlanta is give them the option of shifting Riley back to his natural position at third. Seems like a large price to pay just to get one guy out of the OF.
On Ozunas part though once the QO expires it’s not like he can just tell STL that he’s taking a 1 year deal for 17.8M, once you reject the QO its gone.
He wanted to test the market, reject the QO and shoot for something like MLBTR projected 3/54… he didn’t get it, so at that point he’s gotta go find a team to offer him something and it looks like he thought 1/18 from ATL was the best thing offered.
Atlanta needed a proven right handed cleanup hitter and they got one on a 1 yr deal. In what world doesn’t that make sense?
They are giving up a draft pick for one year. Why not at least put an option season into the deal?
If it means saving the current farm and not trading away any decent prospects I’d give up a draft pick for one year anytime.
Because they have 2 young, potentially stud rookies who will be ready to contribute by 2021. They needed a 1 year placeholder and Ozuna fits that mold perfectly!
Spot on, DTD
Please go ahead and explain how adding Ozuna provides negative value? Ronald Acuna is the only OF the Braves had prior to Ozuna who should’ve been penciled in. Markakis/Inciarte etc. can platoon together. Neither should be a 600 AB player. Camargo and Riley will play 3B. There’s no need to play either one of them in the OF. Once Donaldson was off the market this move made the most sense.
Ozuna can play a corner til Waters is ready in 2021.
I think adding Ozuna makes it MORE likely they go for Bryant. Interesting they chose Ozuna over Castellanos. though.
I don’t see that at all. It’s also not surprising they went with Ozuna over Castellanos either. Castellanos is looking for a multi year deal. The Braves don’t need a corner outfielder on a multi year deal. 1B is also accounted for with Freeman. That means Castellanos would’ve displaced Pache or Waters In 2021.
I doubt Braves would add another big contract and I doubt the cubs are going to trade Bryant at this point.
I expected a one year deal, it seems the way AA operates. Plus Waters and Pache may be ready in 2021.
While I don’t think it’s a terrible signing, I think the Braves should have tried to get him for at least 2-3 years (at a lower AAV) since they’re surrendering a draft pick. I think $18m is too much for Ozuna. Glad the Reds didn’t get him…
They got a pick for losing JD so it evens out in the end. Plus, Pache and Waters are knocking on the door so he would’ve blocked one of them.
Yeah we’re still minus 1 though after signing Will Smith
The difference is that Smith is actually worth it. Ozuna is a liability on defense and overrated in general, which is why he didn’t get the offers he was anticipating.
With this plus the Rockies saying Arenado won’t be traded, I’m assuming the Braves are pretty much saying Riley will be the starter at third.
Braves pick up a pick from the Twins for signing Donaldson and lose a pick to the Cardinals for Ozuna.
A wash there.
What about the pick you lose for Smith?
I was wanting Puig for a one year deal but this is wayyy better. Ozuna is an everyday player and I didn’t expect him to sign anything less than 3 years. We are legit contenders for the crown!!
Why in God’s name would you want a d-bag like Puig, especially one that can’t hit lefties.
I like Puig too and I love your name Ron Gantandthedirtbikes!
Draft picks are over-rated. Outside of the top 5, you are spitting in the wind. There are roughly 1500 draft picks each year and only 780 spots in MLB. That doesn’t take into account foreign players. Why not trade a maybe player (draft pick) for someone who has a proven track record.
Doesn’t matter. Mets have the best roster in the division rn
not true, Mets will suck will finish 4th.
I can’t see them keeping Inciarte with Ozuna signing.
I was just thinking the Brewers could use another outfielder
I have reading problems, sorry everyone.
Looks like you picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
Chief Two Hands
He’s a danger to himself and everything else in the sky. Yes, birds, too.
Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?
Joey, have you been in a Turkish prison?
Carrying 5 OFers. Who’s getting traded???
It’s the NL so they will keep all 5 for depth, especially with the extra roster spot this year.
God this is such a stupid signing lol great job bravos. 18 million and the loss of a draft pick for a 2.2 war player lmfaoooo. Why didn’t they just sign Kole Calhoun? He signed for 2 years 16 mill and didn’t require a draft pick. Not to mention he actually plays RF.
I’m not saying ur wrong. But ozunas down year was better production than calhouns best year. War is also dependent on the team around u. Cardinals didn’t exactly kill it
The team that won the central division and knocked you out of the playoffs? Guessing a lot of teams didn’t kill it.. Also if WAR was truly dependent on the team around u, why is Trout so high? Fine he is an outlier but 6 of the top 10 players from last year were on teams that did not make the playoffs.
You don’t know much about the situation, do you? The Braves got a pick by losing JD so losing the one on Ozuna doesn’t hurt at all. The Braves had no cleanup hitter to protect Freddie, now they do. They didn’t need a RF because there’s some guy named Ronald Acuña, Jr that plays there.
the ozuna draft pick is around 70. not a big loss
this most likely takes them out on Bryant and Arenado because of money.
No chance on arenado. Bryant still isn’t out. Trade inciarte. And a prospect or 2 depending on his arb status.
No way Braves take on 35MM/yrs for Arenado and a player opt out (where Braves have no leverage). Bryant makes more sense considering he would be short term w first shot at an extension if he performs well (similar to me in my wife’s eyes). AA likes the shorty’s….
I wish Braves fans would stop that stupid chant. No one wants to hear it.
Pretty sure Braves fans want to hear it and we don’t care what the other 29 teams or their players want.
What an ignorant defense about and ignorant chant
Chief Wahoo agrees.
No more defense is necessary.
I say let the Braves fans continue to make themselves look ridiculous with that stupid tomahawk garbage. They embarrass themselves on a regular basis. They may as well hand out dunce caps at the gate.
Who is “no one”? Because you said so. Typical Liberal comment dictating to others.
Typical “conservative” response
Maybe the best sign this off-season. 40+ homers 100 rbi’s. He murders the ball. Good move Braves !
Cardinal fan for 63 years.
Yeah. Nobody thought the Donaldson signing last year made any sense either. Ozuna is still added value.
Ozuna has never hit 40hrs in a season.. Only once hit over 100 RBI’s in a season.
AA knows what he is doing, this will keep them as contenders while their young core develops. They are rated behind the Mets and Nats in the East but I see them as the favorites again.
AA has never won a world series, stop acting like he’s some master GM, ugh WORST part about this site by far
He never said anything about a world series? And there’s lots of very good GMs every decade that don’t get world series trophies (Bloom, Friedman just to name a couple). Either way, I think AA has established enough of a track record that warrants having faith in him as your GM. S
Great move by Atlanta! This solidifies their offensive lineup, and draft picks in baseball are like buying a lottery ticket, even a Top 10 pick. Didn’t commit much time to him in case the youngsters develop and since he didn’t accept the QO this year, I believe Atlanta can QO him again next season and recoup their draft pick (provided that he performs reasonably well). I see only upside to this deal for 2020. Braves should be right there at the end of the season.
Given the monstrous potential when he’s healthy, a lot less risk here than the Hamels signing for same $. I believe there is not a second QO for free agents in their careers.
You can only be QO once in your career.
I hate when the Reds are playing at the Braves, and the Braves fans start that stupid chant. Ruins the game listening that stupid chant.
I’ll make sure to go to one of those games and chop and chant extra loud just for you sweetheart.
Do us all a favor and go back under your bridge ya jackwagon.
If I were a reds fan I’d be more upset because my team sucked.
2 clowns gone. Jose Martinez and Ozuna. Next up, Carlos Martinez. Then, Wong. That would be the grand slam to make me happy…those bozos gone.
You more of a Bible Buddies kinda guy?
More like a KKK guy. Geez…
Broke the seal. Castellanos and Puig should have new teams by the end of the month.
Well done by the Braves. Just like JD last year, the guy has a lot of incentive to hit and hustle and work hard now and he will bring that to Atlanta this summer. They needed a RH hitter very badly. He’s probably going to bat behind Freeman.
Phillies 2020 for classiest Philly fan I’ve ever come across by far.
I think they cut Duvall lose since he’s on a non guaranteed contract since they agreed to terms in arbitration. they will only owe a portion of the $3.8 Mil salary the 2 parties agreed to
Yeesh, the Cardinals’ offense is going to be putrid.
All the AA haters out there just realize he got Hamels & Ozuna for 1 year deals and still got the kids developing in the farm.
Signed Albies & Acuna to the most team friendly deals ever
I feel this move put us over the Phillies
Incredibly smart GM to let the kids develop. If in need next year, same tactic. I don’t know why other GM’s don’t take this approach with 1 year deals.
Getting Ozuna for one year just means no one else wanted him. Which I can believe. He’s a useful player but sort of league average now, and that defense is barely playable. You’ll see.
the braves have been over the phillies since 2018
Who was ever worried about the Phillies? It’s Braves and nats dogfight to the very end and that isn’t changing for awhile..
I wouldn’t sleep on the Mets or Phillies… Nats are definitely the better built team of the three, but every one of those teams are capable of going on a hot streak at the right time and change the game up. They all have very good top talents that can dominate other teams when they’re on.
PHI and ATL games have been fun to watch the last couple of years too. I think the rivalry is more intense and better to watch than WAS/ATL, even if WAS is better than the Phillies.
Mets are better rn than both of them.. you guys will not be able to replace that 900 ops bat with Ozuna
Good bat, wish it was a two year deal myself. Not a big fan of rentals while you hope a couple OF’s develop by 2021. If Ozuna has a big year he will be gone just like JD.
I would have liked seeing just what Puig could do if he was content in RF as a Brave ? Guess we will never know.
As a Phillies fan, this sucks. Still a downgrade from Donaldson last year but I still think the lineup has been weakend alittle
It made me really sad when there wasn’t a punchline after he said the Cards were better suited to make the playoffs.
That’s when I realized he thought he was serious.
Can this guy still not throw the ball all the way into the infield? Looked like he was participating in the shot put last time I watched him play.
what team would have interest in a Duvall & Greene package ???
With Charlie back in the fold I see no reason to keep Duvall.
I say the Braves will grade someone to get the payroll down. Either camargo or ender.
As a Cardinals fan, I’ll miss his bat. But I wont miss his defense, nor waiting 5 minutes for him to put on his oven mitts after every walk and single.
Best thing he can do is get off to a scorching hot start and ink a multi-year extension
If you are talking about Ozuna and the Braves. Ozuna WON’T get a multiyear extension from the Braves.
won’t be missed. opens door for carlson
How do the Braves keep pulling off these 1-year deals?
Question? I have to agree with everyone that Atlanta, with signing Ozuna to a 1 year 18mil deal probably puts the Braves out of a the Bryant/Arenado sweepstakes due to money, but Ozuna absolutely fills that hole in the order left by Donaldson giving Freeman protection. Could the Braves turn to San Francisco & send the Giants Ender Inciarte, Toukii Toussaint & Bryce Wilson for Evan Longoria plus Cash? The Giants do need a CF help plus arms wouldn’t hurt them. Or could they turn to the Mariners for Kyle Seager?
Hope not. I would send Ender to Chicago for Kimbrel. Our closer spot is shaky I think. Don’t like going into 2020 with Melacaon as our closer I think Wilson could be a good closer, just because we have too many starters, if nothing else
RLD dude the braves signed the best reliever available at the beginning of the offseason. Will Smith. We already have a good closer
Neither option is a good one!!!
I’m sure the Giants would love to find a team foolish enough to take Longoria.
Has Riley really diminished that much in 1 season?
Longoria still has 3 years and $53 Million + 5 million buy out option in year 4 so $58 million.
Seager has 2 years 37 million with a player option in 2022 for 15 million if traded.
Why block Riley? if you don’t like him that much, WIll trade you Carp and his 2 years and 37 million for him. Heck we will pay 7 million each year.
Let us hope Ozuna is healthy and has a year like he did in 2017 in Miami. 37 hrs. batting over 300. Don’t really understand the 5 outfielders, but you never know about health. The bench should be pretty good though. Culberson, Markakis, Duvall, Flowers, Hech. and Riley/Camargo. This makes one of those get the short end, room for 5. Unless Riley just has a great spring and Camargo has a not-so-good spring, Riley goes to AAA. Going to be a battle between Riley and Camargo.
I’m just tickled pink the Reds didn’t sign him. Can’t believe a team ran as well as the Braves are would make this move.
While they just keep winning division titles and knocking on the door of the NLCS each year while the reds, well just be the reds..?
It’s not a bad move those. This was a good move.
Meanwhile the Dodgers do nothing and are still the best team in the NL!
Were the Dodgers in the WS?
I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Ozuna and didn’t want the Braves to sign him, BUT I can’t argue about a one year deal for a player that is very capable of bouncing back and filling the clean up spot.
HE WASN’T ON MY LIST, BUT IF HE IS HEALTHY HE WILL HELP the offense.
No, but 2 cheaters were the last 2 years! GMs and most people know the playoffs in today’s game are a crap shoot.
It’s a nice signing. Not good. Not bad. Just nice. The lineup is a small tick lower than last year. The bullpen is great on paper but you never know with bullpens. The rotation doesn’t look much better than the end of last year. I hated the Hamels signing. I think that 18M really played a factor in some of the Braves moves or lack there of. Wish they could have made a deal for Kluber instead.
Frustrating Cardinals didn’t make a 1-2 year deal happen. We received his low end of potential for 2 years, and it’s much better than what we have. Good chance he comes up huge for Braves this year and then gets his multi year deal. Could have been a low risk high reward signing for cardinals. We are worse off without him. And he wanted to come back and play. Just doesn’t add up, stupid move doing nothing.
Mo needs to go
The Braves could be scary good if Ozuna rebounds a bit to his Marlins form.
He had some very ho-hum years as a marlin. He actually only had 1 very good season, they rest have been average production. He’s kind of a power or nothing guy who strikes out a lot because his plate discipline leaves a lot to be desired. Personally I would give every at-bat I could to Nick Markakis over him. Scary to think he may take at-bats away from markakis.
One thing you can say for sure, AA makes some very interesting deals that frequently work out quite well
I think its a great deal for the Braves. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Good luck to him from a STL fan.
Oof. I was worried about the Braves signing him
Too much money
It’s a 1 year deal.
Its sad for us Phillies to watch the Braves make the smart moves over and over and over again….
I like the signing. Ozuna should be a good fit and have an above average season. As unlikely as it is, would the Braves be the favorites to win the pennant if they indeed traded for Arenado? And if they did trade for Arenado, how soon would they be back under the luxury tax?
I left Atlanta bandwagon as soon as they let Donaldson go. I’m back on it.
I think this is the definition of fickle.
Spare Tire Dixon
I like it. Not a lot of options available after the JD thing shook out. Getting Ozuna on a one-year make-good deal is fine. It doesn’t block Waters or Pache long-term and it gives Freddie the backing he needs.
Welp, it’s not nothing. It’s definitely something. Good for the Braves.
Well thats gonna put a little pressure on Phillies and Nats to make a move.. Braves got a good lineup and will let Riley take over 3rd I’m guessing, not bad, plus keeps their prospects that they think the world of.. Mets would need to make a few moves and have already gutted their farm last yr, they got Dom Smith they could move for something but not getting enough to move the needle there..
Phillies gonna go big for Bryant ,, Nats going to come off of Robles to get him?? My money is on Phillies working out a move with Cubs to send back a prospect and take on a contract like Chatwood or Phillies take Bryant/Heyward send back Segura/Bohm which cubs would then sign Castellinos
I doubt the Phillies go big on Bryant. They are probably content with playing Kingery or Segura there. They need another starter & a reliever or two more than they need Bryant
You clearly don’t follow the Mets.. their team is better on paper than any East team rn. But paper doesn’t always win. Any of the four teams could take it.
Braves fans enjoy that noodle of an arm! Cards were never giving him multiple years, so all the talk about wanting to stay in stl was nonsense. He parlayed that into an extra 200 grand or so? Sad and he won ‘t get JD type money next year either. Cards offense sucks with or without him so it’s a wash for us.
The cards thought he was going to get a multi year deal. Which is why they gave him a QO to rehect
Losing a pick for only one year of service? You’d think the Braves would want to maximize the compensatory draft pick loss and sign Ozuna for at 2/3 years. Maybe they valued te short term money over the longer term lower AAV.
And what happened to Matt Carpenter? He seemed like such a good contact hitter from 20013 – 16. Were the cards jerking him around too much with positions? I just remember him being valuable in the playoffs.
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I’ve got nothing against Ozuna personally, but he got way too emotionally invested in the heckling coming from the left field bleachers during the NLCS, and it seemed to affect his outfield play. Looking forward to seeing him out there as a division foe.
Taking at-bats AWAY from Nick Markakis would be a mistake. This is a lousy fit for a team looking to replace the production it lost in josh donaldson. They didn’t have outfield at-bats to hand out, I don’t understand this one at all. This is a short-sighted move that may make them worse and not better.
18 million + a high-ish draft pick for a 2 war player? Hard pass. No wonder he lasted this long on the open market. Very odd fit for the Braves. They are doing themselves a disservice if they take away at-bats from Markakis and giving them to Ozuna.
They needed a power bat to protect freeman. This was the best one available. He was projected at the beginning of the offseason to get 3 years at 18 a year. So tell me how this is bad again?
Because this isn’t the beginning of the off-season and the (non) market for him was pretty apparent. It’s not an awful deal, but I don’t like giving up the pick for 1 year.
Ozuna is an upgrade over JD, who will decline if even healthy.
They created a logjam… I don’t get it… why not sign Castellanos and put him at 3B? Why jettison Markakis? He has been solid and consistent. I think this was a terrible use of payroll by the Braves, they should have held out until the trade deadline.
Because Castellanos is a terrible defender and belongs in the AL so he can DH. Also, signing him would block Austin Riley at 3B.
Chief Two Hands
Ozuna belongs in the AL as well. His defense is laughable.
I will agree I haven’t loved what i’ve seen of him, defensively, but he’s still a former Gold Glove winner and can defend better than Castellanos, even with a bum shoulder.
In no way have the Braves created a logjam. Markakis is about 37 or 38 years old. Regression is coming. He is best suited as a #4 OF’er, now. Plus, he gives Atlanta their #1 pinch hitter.
Lots more NL teams will carry five OF’ers with rosters expanding to 26.
It’s not Donaldson, it’s not Arenado or Bryant, but it’s right at the qualifying offer and only a one-year pact. It’s an overall great move.
Ozuna also won’t block Pache or Waters, who will both be up next year. Markakis and Ozuna will walk, opening the doors for our youth. It also doesn’t block Riley, he will have the opportunity to take over at 3B now.
It’s a savvy move by AA. It’s not necessarily ideal, but it will get the job done.
We’ll take him.
You can have him. How many times was he at-bat with a chance to do damage…you just knew it was coming K swinging. This guy is a classic free swinger, he’ll drive you nuts swinging at pure crap outside of the zone. Careful what you wish for, you’re gonna hate this guy! I actually feel sorry for you guys having to go from the real deal in Josh Donaldson to this guy. Good luck with that.
And… just how good would you do
Boy he wanted out of St. Louis bad
Chief Two Hands
I think it’s much more accurate to say the Cardinals did not really want him back. A one-year offer barely above the QO was simply the best he could get so he took it. My guess is that the Cards knew he would reject the QO and felt a relatively low draft pick would be more valuable.
I think St Louis wanted him out, asap! He did not deliver off a career year. Disappointment.
Fans of other organizations don’t understand how ridiculous cards fans behave.
You guys have no idea how great we have it being cards fans. And get pissed off every off-season, only to see us have another good season.
Very good player, great teammate, and always a fan favorite. Ozuna is all class.
He hits balls the hardest top 5 or 10 im not gonna look it up again. Im good with it.
Bad sign the guy has a rag arm! He even has trouble throwing to 2nd base. Braves will pay again for being cheap. It cost them last year at trade deadline and again this year. Braves fans always think they are better than what they are ! Must be a southern thing Alabama football fans think the same way.
This is how I would do the lineup
1. Acuna CF
2. Albies 2nd
3. Freeman 1st
4. Ozuna LF
5. d’Arnoud C
6. Markakis RF
7. Camargo 3rd
8. Swanson SS.
Ozuna as a clean up might not work. He k’s a lot and his obp isn’t great. I’d rather put him at 5. Let markakis hit cleanup
Seriously? ..alot of clean up hitters K a lot. They’re counting on his power more than anything. Nick doesn’t possess much power at all to fill the clean up roll.
This is how I would do the lineup
1. Acuna CF
2. Albies 2nd
3. Freeman 1st
4. Ozuna LF
5. d’Arnoud C
6. Markakis RF
7. Camargo 3rd
8. Swanson SS.
Austin Riley will start at 3B. Johan Camargo is the universal infielder. I also don’t see D’Arnaud protecting Ozuna or Swanson hitting at #8.
I mean you could be right about that, personally I don’t think Riley is ready to be an everyday player but I hope he is. On the D’Arnoud thing I saw the Rays bat him clean up before so I just went off that. I like your posts though I think you are right about a lot IMO.
Kind of an expensive stopgap to Pache for the Braves, isn’t it? High AAV and they have to give up a draft pick for just one year of Ozuna? I’d have thought Puig would be more their speed/price range.
Soooooo, is Ozuna good for the team or not?
It’s a great signing. Great. Guy has huge pop and immediately fills the cleanup spot giving much needed protection to FF. His peripheral numbers from last year are great. He hit 29 HRs in only 130 games, and was unlucky with a BABIP of .259 (career low for him). He also is in top 10% in league in exit velo and top 5% in hard hit rate. All of this on a 1 year deal, so if he doesn’t pan out you haven’t given away too much. We did give up a draft pick, but also regained one with JD moving on, so that’s a wash. I love this signing.
I’m not sure calling it a wash is really accurate. You’re still giving up a pick you’d otherwise have.
tech, the pick for JD would wash the pick we gave up for Smith.
So, we’re still down 1 pick.
He’s good, yes. One year on a stopgap that can hit cleanup for us, yes, he will work. We could do a whole Helluva lot worse.
Wow, the article says inciarte is starting over markakis, not sure if the author of this article watched baseball last year…
Good, I hope ATL does well with him. I like when teams improve and solid teams like ATL do well. Dodgers, eh, not so much. Miss those great teams in the 90s
If he did, he’d know Inciarte was hurt quite a bit. Inciarte is an excellent defender at a premium position on an affordable contract, he deserves the chance to play. If for no other reason than to rebuild some trade value.
First thing is I would have been a lot more worried about the Mets if Beltran remained the manager. He’s won everywhere he’s been. We don’t know that much about Rojas.
I like the signing for the fact it makes us more intimidating and good riddance to JD
who invented that stupid umbrella home run celebration. Talk about embarrassing,
I’d much rather live with the chop than Donaldson’s idiotic umbrellas. You all think the
chop was embarrassing because they’re not used at your place. This was brought to
ATL by Deion Sanders and it only fuels ATL and annoys the other team. It was also
stolen by the Kansas City Chiefs. I like the MO signing because he’ll absolutely murder
the Marlins by himself and ends the Braves reluctance to sign or trade for a black
player since the stadium move. By the way, I hate the Phillies and I’m a friend of Andy
Ozuna is Dominican, and they signed Billy Hamilton who is African American last year!
You sound like a complete idiot.
I’m pretty sure Matt Joyce came up with most of that buddy. So if you’re gonna go off on a mostly nonsensical rant at least know the facts at hand.
Mets will win the East this year
My mom approves of this signing.
LOL…so Atlanta is the all white boy team now?
Don’t get it twisted, folks…we don’t all vote red down south.
With a comment like that, maybe you shouldn’t vote?