Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday feels good enough in his recovery from a torn quadriceps muscle that he wants to be activate from the disabled list this weekend, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Goold reports that Holliday went through workouts Tuesday in front of general manager John Mozeliak, who said afterward that the Cardinals “are going to be smart about this” to indicate that they may wait a while longer to bring back Holliday.
Also of note: Holliday plans to play in the All-Star game after being voted into the National League starting lineup by fans even though he hasn’t played for the Cardinals since June 8. Mozeliak seems less than enthused about that idea, however.
The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.
Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.
Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.