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3 Outfielders Braves Should Trade for After Marcell Ozuna Injury Update

Adam Taylor McKillop
Check out three outfielders the Atlanta Braves should trade for after the Marcell Ozuna injury.
Check out three outfielders the Atlanta Braves should trade for after the Marcell Ozuna injury. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

Less than a year after winning the NL East division comfortably, the Atlanta Braves are smack in the middle of a fierce race with the New York Mets. Atlanta trails New York by 1.0 games, however have won four straight and got their record back to .500 at 24-24. Both teams are capable of playing better baseball, so expect this divisional race to stay hot.

Despite the recent success, the Braves got dealt a bit of bad news with the latest injury update to two-time All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna will likely miss six-plus weeks with a dislocated finger. It hasn't been a great year for Ozuna, regardless of the injury. He's hitting just .213/.288/.356 after signing a big contract this offseason (4-years and $65 million).

With Ozuna slated to miss some significant time, here are three outfielders the Braves should target at the trade deadline to ensure their playoff hopes stay alive. Keep in mind, Ozuna is clearly the long-term option here, so these are more of rental options.

1. Anthony Santander

Anthony Santander
Anthony Santander is a reliable, young outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles. / Will Newton/Getty Images

Anthony Santander is a reliable, young outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles. While he's yet to hit arbitration and just 26-years-old, that may not even fit with the Orioles long-term plans. This team is multiple years away from competing, so it could be time to turn Santander into additional prospects. The five-year MLB veteran is slashing .256/.286/.436 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI in just 21 games played this season. He's back from injury and finished top-10 in the AL for extra base hits in 2020 (25). That was his rookie season. If Baltimore like the return, they might be willing to make this deal.

2. Starling Marte

Starling Marte
The Marlins likely can't afford to keep Starling Marte in Miami after this season. / Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Starling Marte may not own a ton of personal accolades, but he's been a very reliable outfielder for the multiple teams the better part of the last decade. He's still only 32-years-old and actually projects as a similar player to Ozuna, though Marte's the better defender, while Ozuna is more powerful. Still, Marte's contract expires at the end of this year and he currently makes $12 million per year. Miami won't want to continue paying that. Marte is hitting .316/.420/.491 with two home runs and 8 RBI in just 15 games. He's on his way back from injury, but if healthy then he'd be a great rental option.

3. Michael Taylor

Michael A. Taylor
The Kansas City Royals should capitalize on Michael Taylor's career year at the plate. / Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Michael Taylor is known for his A+ defense in center field. This would offer the Braves some versatility in the outfield in replacing Ozuna. While Taylor's known as a defender, he's also hitting at career-high levels this season. That includes a .245/.305/.374 slash line, 16 RBI and 4 stolen bases. The Royals may want to capitalize on his career performance at the plate.

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