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.