According to ESPN writer and MLB Insider Jeff Passan, sources told ESPN that the Atlanta Braves have signed a one-year deal with Marcell Ozuna to the tune of $18 million.
Ozuna spent the least two years in the outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals after being part of a huge trade in 2017 between Miami and St. Louis. With St. Louis, Ozuna has been above average offensively, putting up a slash line in 2019 of .241/.328/.472 and an OPS of .800. In fact, if you take a look at his numbers as reported by Baseball Reference, from 2016 through 2019 Ozuna has been pretty consistent with the bat.
The real question is how Marcell will perform defensively. Fangraphs shows Ozuna's 2019 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) at 2 and his UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) at 5.7. While those are pretty good numbers, Statcast numbers indicate a different picture. Statcast shows Ozuna's OAA (Outs Above Average) at -8 (83rd place) and his Outfield Jump at -1.4 (63rd place).
Granted, those are small sample sizes, and it is particularly difficult to draw any definitive conclusions from a small amount of data, but if you watched Ozuna in 2019, it was pretty obvious he wasn't exactly stellar defensively.
Many expected Ozuna to get a better deal, but the $18 million he received was about where he should be at this stage of his career with the obvious questions surrounding his defensive play. The one-year deal may be a bit less than expected.
It remains to be seen how well Marcell Ozuna will work out as an Atlanta Brave, but even with some unanswered questions, it's fair to say the Braves got a great deal in the 28-year-old. While it's too early to answer this question, it will be even more interesting to see where Ozuna might fit in the outfield scheme for the Braves.