Yesterday in Part 1 we addressed the extension of Freddie Freeman which really is an absolute no-brainer. I also mentioned yesterday that nine Braves have been given free-agency. Tyler Flowers, Nick Markakis, Shane Greene, Cole Hamels, Adeiny Hechavarría, Mark Melancon, Marcell Ozuna, Pablo Sandoval, and Josh Tomlin are all free-agents as of today.
So here in part II, we’ll begin looking at replacements for those nine. Just look at the list, there’s a closer, a backup catcher, a lefty (albeit old) bat, and a damn good bat. Some of the production is going to be a bit tricky to replace. One thing to think about, is there going to be an NL DH rule or not? It’s coming, whether it’s this coming year or 2022. So that’s going to inform you decision when looking for an outfield bat, or a bat in general.
Look the guy raked for the Braves this season.
Led the league in home runs, RBI’s, plate appearances, and total bases. He had, you can argue an MVP Season, though that distinction is going to go to his teammate. I would be highly surprised if he doesn’t come in second in the voting. Just another thing to add to his resume.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Ozuna will not be taking selfies running the bases after an absolute rocket in a Braves uniform. As nice as that would be, the man deserves to get paid. I just don’t see the Braves ponying up the bucks to give him the four years he deserved, and lots of millions of dollars. I’ve been around this block before, so I wouldn’t hold my breath. Though AA did say they were going to talk.
If anything Ozuna will be playing in the American League next season, there are several teams that could use a solid DH, and Ozuna proved this season he’s as good as any DH on the market, if not better. I believe that one of the other reasons is that if there’s no DH, he’d have to play leftfield – and we all know that is a liability of insane proportions.