June 22, 2021

Law: Atlanta gets a bargain in Marcell Ozuna, while other contenders miss an opportunity (The Athletic)


Atlanta didn’t necessarily need to upgrade their outfield – they have a bigger issue at third base, certainly – but they pounced on a bargain by signing Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18 million deal that will also cost them a draft pick. It’s a marginal improvement of a win or a little more, but at a cost that makes me wonder why more teams weren’t involved in the bidding.

Atlanta’s outfield depth chart was nominally full, but their left field options were all below average – Nick Markakis, now 35 and coming off a 0.8-WAR season where he didn’t hit lefties at all; Adam Duvall, all power and capable defense with a career .283 OBP against righties; and Austin Riley, who is a good enough third baseman that moving him to left was a bit of a waste of his abilities. None of these players was really good enough to be the everyday left fielder on a championship team, and the team was probably looking at about a win or so in total from whatever…

Read “Law: Atlanta gets a bargain in Marcell Ozuna, while other contenders miss an opportunity” at The Athletic