Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 15: Marcell Ozuna #20 of the Atlanta Braves crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 15, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 15: Marcell Ozuna #20 of the Atlanta Braves crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 15, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna, who’s also known by his nickname of “The Big Bear”, bet on himself this past season and it paid off handsomely. Despite receiving multi-year offers last offseason, he took a one year deal to prove himself and rebuild his value, which he really did.

Appearing in every single game with the Braves, Ozuna put up a monstrous slash line of .338/.431/.636 with 18 home runs, 56 RBI and 77 hits. For his outstanding season, he got a Silver Slugger award, the second of his career and received down ballot MVP votes finishing sixth in the National League.

Having played in the big leagues back in 2013, in his eight year career, he has put up a slash line of .276/.335/.466 with 166 home runs, 594 RBI, 176 doubles and 1,040 hits. He has been selected to a total of two All-Star games (’16 and ’17), has two Silver Slugger awards (’17 and ’20) and a Gold Glove award which he received in 2017.

Despite winning the Gold Glove award not too long ago, Ozuna isn’t seen as a strong defender anymore. He only appeared in the field in 21 games in the 2020 season, primarily in left field, where he combined to post a DRS of -2.

The Blue Jays have been linked to Ozuna just recently. While his bat would be a boost to the lineup, he’s only limited to left field defensively, which is currently occupied by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. He could be the Jays primary designated hitter but that could create logjams further down the road.

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