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Braves hoping Ozuna poised for repeat of career-best season

ATLANTA (AP) -- Marcell Ozuna doesn't have to match his career-best numbers of 2017 or even meet the standards set by Josh Donaldson last season to make the Atlanta Braves feel good about their investment in the outfielder.

Ozuna only needs an average season as Atlanta's new cleanup hitter to help the Braves' offense enjoy another productive season.

Still, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos dares to dream that Ozuna's 2020 season will be far more than average.

''We'd be happy with what he did the last few years, but we think there's that upside in him to be even better,'' Anthopoulos said Tuesday night after the Braves signed Ozuna, one of the top remaining free agents, to the $18 million, one-year deal.