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Ozuna to ATL on 4 year deal, per reports

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Marcell Ozuna is reportedly returning to the Atlanta Braves on a 4 year deal with a fifth year option

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Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves are in agreement on a four year contract, per multiple reports. Ozuna and the Braves have reportedly agreed on a four year deal worth $65 million, with a fifth year option for $15 million.

Ozuna, 30, is a righthanded hitter who came up as a center fielder, and appeared to be on the cusp of stardom after a 2017 season where he was 15th in the National League MVP balloting, won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger, and was named to the All Star team in a 5.7 bWAR season.

Ozuna was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 2017 season as part of the great purge the Miami Marlins did that offseason, with the return for Ozuna seen, at the time, as rather light. Ozuna had shoulder issues that hampered him, however, as well as limiting him defensively to left field, and after a pair of decent but unspectacular seasons in St. Louis, he ended up signing a one year deal with the Braves for 2020.

Ozuna had a big 2020, slashing .338/.431/.636 and finishing 6th in the MVP balloting, but the market for his services was still relatively soft this offseason, due at least in part to concerns about whether he would be better suited to DH, and questions about how much weight to put on the abbreviated 2020 season compared to his previous couple of years. Ultimately, he gets long-term security with Atlanta, where he had so much success last year.