Braves give Ozuna $18 million contract for 2020

Outfielder Marcell Ozuna has signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced Tuesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals traded for Ozuna in December 2017, and the 29-year-old outfielder offered protection — and punch — in the lineup behind Paul Goldschmidt as the Cardinals made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Ozuna had 29 homers and 89 RBIs this past season after blasting 28 homers and driving in 88 runs the year before. In 2017 with the Miami Marlins, he hit .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs.

Ozuna has made two All-Star Games on the strength of his bat, but one criticism of his play has been his outfield defense.

He is coming off a one-year, $12.25 million contract.

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