Video: Stephen Strasburg fans 12 in return from disabled list

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Stephen Strasburg was terrific in his return from the disabled list Saturday against the Rockies …

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Strasburg was out for a little over a month because of a left oblique strain. He also missed time earlier this year with a trapezius strain. “He didn’t look like he was coming off the DL,” Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez told Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post on Saturday night. “His stuff was electric”

Strasburg still owns an ugly 4.76 season ERA, but he’s obviously very capable of a strong finish.

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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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.