Giants Rumors: Marcell Ozuna Interests SF in 2020 MLB Free Agency

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IDecember 3, 2020

Atlanta Braves' Marcell Ozuna hits a RBI-single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

The San Francisco Giants are interested in free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, but there's a major stipulation factoring into the club's pursuit.

Morosi noted the Giants' interest is "somewhat contingent" on whether or not the designated hitter remains in the National League for the 2021 season. 

Ozuna compiled a .338/.431/.636 slash line with league-leading figures in home runs (18) and RBI (56) in 60 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2020. 

The Giants have plenty of capable outfielders heading into 2021, led by Mike Yastrzemski in right field. Alex Dickerson and Mauricio Dubon lined up in left field and center field, respectably. Where San Francisco was thin last year, however, was at DH, when it used Wilmer Flores for 22 games.

Ozuna would certainly provide a massive upgrade, but as one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason—as well as one of the best hitters on the market—the Giants are sure to have plenty of competition if they decide to pursue his services. 

The 30-year-old, who recently switched agents, has been linked to the New York Mets in recent weeks as new owner Steve Cohen announced his intent to spend big money to build a contender. Morosi also linked the Toronto Blue Jays to Ozuna but noted the club prefers outfielder George Springer.

Spotrac currently estimates Ozuna's market value at $20.1 million per season, listing J.D. Martinez, Carlos Santana and Eric Hosmer as players with comparable value

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