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Thursday BP: Marcell Ozuna?

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The Giants have been linked to the slugger, but with a key stipulation.

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Hello and happy Thursday.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants were linked to one of 2020’s brightest stars, who happens to be a free agent: right-handed slugger Marcell Ozuna.

But there’s a pretty big caveat. The Giants are apparently only linked to Ozuna if the designated hitter stays with the National League in 2021. This serves as your reminder that the 2021 season starts in less than four months, and we don’t yet know the rules.

It’s a slightly funny stipulation, but a sensible one. Ozuna was one of the baseball’s best hitters last season — his 179 wRC+ was third among all qualified MLB players — but his defense has been atrocious for a few years now.

Even if the universal designated hitter is confirmed for 2021, the Giants would likely only be interested in Ozuna on a modestly-priced contract, as his 2021 certainly looks like an outlier.

Baseball-Reference

But I’m all for hoarding talent, so if the price is right, make it happen, Giants.


Old, random MCC article for you to read

The Giants did nothing, which is better than most of the alternatives (July 31, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)


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How many days until Opening Day?

There are 119 days until Opening Day.

Have a sensational Thursday.