There were some notable snubs after looking over the rosters for the American and National Leagues for the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Some of them have a last chance to get into the “Midsummer Classic.” Fans can vote for one of five finalists in each league to send them to Washington. They are:
OF – Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
OF – Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins
SS – Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
SS – Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
OF – Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
OF – Jesús Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers
1B – Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
3B – Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
OF – Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF – Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
Click here to vote on MLB’s website.
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.