1. Clear current course with Ozuna isn’t working. An albatross of a contract, and an unexpected exit strategy. That’s what is playing out in Chicago, where Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that the club is moving on from Jason Heyward, despite his having another year at $22 million on his contract. They would rather release him, knowing the market for his services at his current pay rate is exceptionally thin, and accept that they’ll be on the hook for the brunt of that balance due.
It was the second bold promotion that Alex Anthopoulos has executed this season, Michael Harris’ stunning call to Atlanta being the first. It worked out once, so why not try it again?. The Braves are in an unfortunate position. Ozzie Albies has been out since June and won’t be...
I’ve held out on writing this article for as long as I possibly can, but this probably should have been said weeks ago. The Braves can’t keep starting Marcell Ozuna. For the entire season, the Big Bear has been the worst offensive player in the lineup, which is the last thing that should be expected out of a designated hitter. Ozuna has one job, and he’s been abysmal at it. On the season, he’s hitting just .215 with a .659 OPS. Ozuna is striking out in nearly a quarter of his at-bats and walking just 6% of the time. All of this has led to him accruing an appalling -1.1 WAR.
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The Braves trade deadline has come and gone with only a few minor deals coming to fruition. The most impactful was landing Jake Odorizzi in exchange for Will Smith, but that’s not the only bad contract the Braves tried to get off the books. According to Craig Mish and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Braves and Marlins almost struck a deal involving Marcell Ozuna at the 2022 trade deadline:
A curious discussion was had yesterday between front office representative of the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. If you’ve ever wondered the kind of lengths that General Managers might go to when trying to resolve roster problems, then this scenario the Atlanta Braves were cooking up might provide you with some new insight.
Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna has been the target of criticism as he struggled at the plate. However, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Ozuna launched a home run beyond the centerfield fence. Closer Kenley Jansen locked down the victory, as Atlanta beat the Dodgers 5-3 Saturday night at Truist Park. Pitcher Max […] The post Marcell Ozuna blasts 2-run homer, Braves beat the Dodgers 5-3 appeared first on The Atlanta Voice.
Before the season, it was a question of whether teams would trade for Marcell Ozuna because of his off-the-field concerns. Now, nobody is going to trade for him because his production has been absolutely abysmal. Ozuna can no longer be trusted in the field, and at the plate, he hasn’t been much better.
The meat of the Braves order has started to heat up, and as a result, Atlanta has reeled off 11 straight wins, cutting the Mets’ lead in the NL East to 5.5 games. They’ve also firmly put themselves into the thick of the Wild Card race. If the playoffs began today, the Braves would be apart of the postseason. There’s a lot to be excited about when talking about the defending champs as we approach the midway point of the season, but one particular player continues to look like a black eye on the resumé of Alex Anthopoulos.
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EditorsNote: First graf: “homer” fixed; Graf 11: added “was”. Marcell Ozuna had his second two-homer game of the season and Max Fried pitched six strong innings to help the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 win over the visiting Miami Marlins on Sunday in the rubber game of their three-game series.