The news today from Ken Rosenthal that MLB is likely to use the universal DH in 2021 has fans in a tizzy. It also explains the Dodgers being linked to big-name bats like Marcell Ozuna, a guy that only makes sense for their lineup if the DH is an option.
The reported interest came out before Ronsethal revealed that the DH was likely, so there was some confusion at first. It led many Dodgers fans to wonder if the DH had already been discussed and if teams were already planning on it. Clearly, Los Angeles anticipates that it will be a topic of conversation in the coming weeks if they have an interest in singing Ozuna.
The report came from MLB translator Mike Rodriguez and later confirmed by MLB Insider Hector Gomez. Jon Morosi later confirmed that Ozuna had AL and NL teams talking to him about a contract. If accurate, the Dodgers adding Ozuna into the mix could prove to be a devastating offensive attack. Ozuna is coming off of the best year of his career in which he slashed .338/.431/.636 and a 1.067 OPS with the Braves.
Ozuna also hit 16 homeruns in 60 games with the Braves in 2020 and tacked on 3 more in the postseason. Although he is not the same outfielder that won a Gold Glove award back in 2017, Ozuna isn’t the worst solution. But if he is playing with the Dodgers, the DH would obviously be a preferred option.
The Dodgers have not yet been connected to any other DH type of players. However, adding the DH into the NL would make the situation with Justin Turner a little more interesting. Los Angeles could consider giving him a third-year if they have the DH to lean on, and that might be enough fot JT to return.
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