Reigning National League MVP Freddie Freeman will miss the roster protection provided by Marcell ... Ozuna. (Photo by Todd Kirkland / Images) Images
Ozuna's injury and likely suspension would be the biggest hit - especially because his powerful right-handed bat offered great protection in the batting order for Freddie Freeman, a left-handed hitter and the player. Most valuable in the National League title. Possibly concerned about a contract expiring after this season, Freeman is more than 100 points below his final score of 0.341 of 2020.
L ' 6-1, 225-pound Ozuna is a double All-Star with a pair of Silver Slugger awards.also has a golden glove, although his performance in left field was hampered by a surgically repaired throwing arm.
Replacing the 30-year-old Dominican will be difficult without a deal that could cost the Braves many of their best young prospects. Prior to re-signing Ozuna in February, they reportedly had an interest in former MVP Kris Bryant, a third baseman whose contract with the Chicago Cubs expires this fall, and Joc Pederson, a former Dodgers outfielder. Los Angeles who signed a one year contract. with the Cubs just before spring training.
Atlanta also has a top prospect with Drew Waters, who is currently on the Gwinnett Stripers roster, the Braves' top farm team.
For the Braves, chasing their fourth straight title in a highly competitive Eastern National League, the season started worryingly when Manfred retiredAtlanta from the All-Star Game on April 2, the day after the start of the 2021 campaign. The commissioner spoke of players' dissatisfaction with the controversial new voting laws in Georgia.
After losing around $ 100 million due to the shortened season and the elimination of game day income last year, the Braves and City were hoping for a financial windfall from the Midsummer Classic. Atlanta last hosted the game in 2000.
Hastily covering the All-Star Game p atches worn on their opening uniforms, the Braves lost four in a row to open season and have never managed to exceed the .500 mark. Coupled with their loss in a rain-delayed game in Boston on Wednesday, the Braves have totaled 22 points in their last two games. As a result, they are 24-26, three and a half games behind the lead Mets.