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Mets have interest in Marcell Ozuna

The outfielder had a great short season for the Braves in 2020.

National League Championship Series Game 4: Atlanta Braves v. Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Mets have expressed interest in outfielder Marcell Ozuna, according to Ken Davidoff. The 30-year-old outfielder spent the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with the Atlanta Braves, and he hit .338/.431/.636 with 18 home runs and a 179 wRC+ in 267 plate appearances.

Over the course of his major league career, which he’s spent with the Marlins, Cardinals, and braves, Ozuna has hit .276/.335/.466 with 166 home runs and a 117 wRC+. The only full season in which he hit significantly better than league average, though, came in 2017 with the Marlins. That year, he hit 37 home runs with a .312/.376/.548 line and a 143 wRC+.

Defensively, though, Ozuna seems like a poor fit for the Mets, having been limited to playing the corner outfield spots over the past few seasons. He hasn’t played in center field at all since playing just 18 innings at the position in 2017, with 2016 being the most recent season that he played there consistently.