UPDATE: The Braves announced the deal, and it is worth $65 million over four years with the option able to bring it to $80 million over five years.
The Atlanta Braves are getting close to completing a deal with Marcell Ozuna to take the star outfielder and designated hitter off of the free agency market. Ozuna’s expected to sign a four-year contract worth $64 million with a fifth-year option that could increase his guarantee to $80 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Ozuna hit a career-high .338 in last year’s abbreviated 60-game season. He ranked second on the Braves in hits (77) and RBIs (56) and finished third in home runs (18). The two-time All-Star and 2017 Gold Glove Award winner made his first All-MLB First Team last season and could prove to be a key piece for Atlanta moving forward.
Ozuna came up in the Marlins system and made his major league debut with the team in 2013. He also spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals prior to his 1-year contract with the Braves for the 2020 season.