Last offseason, Marcell Ozuna bet on himself by taking a one-year deal in Atlanta. Now, it's about to pay off. The question is, will the Nationals be the team to pay him?
Ozuna turned down the St. Louis Cardinals' $17.8 million qualifying offer instead opting for a one-year, $18 million "bet on myself" deal with the Atlanta Braves before the 2020 season. After finishing third in the majors with 18 homers, second in RBI with 56, he'd without a doubt bring another impact bat to the Nationals lineup.
Unlike George Springer though, Ozuna doesn't check as many boxes for Washington.
Defensively there are some question marks, to say the least, and Ozuna has spent a lot more time at designated hitter. It would be helpful if the DH stays in the National League, but with Adam Eaton's option not being picked up they could use another everyday outfielder in Washington.
Given that Ozuna as a full-time outfielder wouldn't be as dependable of a choice as Springer, if the price were the same I'd go Springer over Ozuna, but we all know how unpredictable free agency can be. The whole "if the price is right and everyone wants to play here" scenario usually doesn't just come together like that.
There's no doubt Ozuna would help the Nationals offensively, but filling another everyday spot in the outfield as well is a big deal for them too.
I'd take Springer over Ozuna unless, of course, they both stay where they are and none of this even matters.
Free agency is always an adventure.