On August 19th, not even a full calendar year after being arrested for a domestic violence charge, Marcell Ozuna was charge with a DUI, and for a second consecutive season, Ozuna created more noise off the field than he would on. His 4 year/$65 million dollar deal, coming off a near triple crown season and signed after COVID ball, has been a disappointment.
As for on field production, Marcell Ozuna had arguably the worst full season of his career, but did manage to keep his power numbers up, sending 23 balls over walls in 507 PA. However, due to the putrid defense that production never felt like it was ever in a meaningful situation and it all added up to negative value. He finished with a .226/.274/.413 slash line, which is horrible by LF standards and appalling for a DH.
To this point, the Atlanta Braves have remained committed to letting Marcell Ozuna try to figure it out. I believe we’ll learn more about Ozuna’s future with the Braves following Spring Training. At this point, no team has been willing to take on his deal in a contract swap. Piggyback that thought with AA’s collection of OFers that have been brought in to compete for a job, and the Braves will ultimately either get the desired production out of Marcell they seek or cut ties.
I believe the latter is the more likely eventual outcome.