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Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the National League East

Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI
Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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6) Worst contracts in the NL East: Marcell Ozuna

The Braves re-signed Marcell Ozuna to a big four-year $65 million dollar deal with a fifth-year team option in the 2021 offseason. This came after a huge debut season in Atlanta which saw him finish sixth in the National League MVP balloting in the shortened 2020 season.

In the moment this seemed expensive, as even with his outstanding bat at the time, Ozuna had been a disaster in the field and once the DH came into play, he was going to be there permanently. The DH has arrived, Ozuna is playing mostly DH, and has flat out not hit since signing the contract.

Last season he had just a .645 OPS in 48 games, missing substantial time due to two fractured fingers and a domestic violence incident.

This season, Ozuna was given a full-time role and played himself out of it, slashing .214/.263/.393 this season. Ozuna does have 20 home runs but seems to have lost playing time to guys like Eddie Rosario and Robbie Grossman.

The Braves were reportedly trying to unload Ozuna's contract at the deadline but were unsuccessful.

Ozuna has a 79 WRC+ putting him well below league average and to combine that with his inability to play left field at a high level, he's accumulated a -1.1 fWAR this season. Not what you want from a guy making $16 million dollars annually through the 2024 season.

With the Braves seemingly getting everyone else on ridiculously cheap contracts, it's nice to see them have a brutal contract on their hands.

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