Earlier this week the free agent outfield market got a little bit thinner when Marcell Ozuna signed a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Braves for $18M. The now former St. Louis Cardinal (and Miami Marlins) was projected to get a much better, longer deal than that when the offseason began. The Cardinals made a qualifying offer to Ozuna expecting him to pass on it and get a bigger deal, leaving them with an additional draft pick in 2020 as compensation. They would ultimately get that pick, but Ozuna didn’t get quite what he was looking for.
Cincinnati had been involved in conversations with him for a while.