What does Morton signing mean for Ozuna?


The Atlanta Braves signed right-hander Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million deal on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old was originally a third round pick by Atlanta in the 2002 MLB Draft. He's spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, who were most recently in the World Series.

Morton was 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in nine starts with the Rays last season. Most importantly, he's made 12 postseason starts in the last four year.

But while the move bolsters the Braves starting rotation, what does it mean for their starting lineup? More specifically, what does it mean for Marcell Ozuna's future with the club?

Ozuna, who recently switched agents, is expected to garner big-time money this offseason. In his one season with the Braves, Ozuna posted a .338 batting average with 18 homeruns and 56 RBI.

With the signing Morton, will the Braves ownership be willing to get out of their comfort zone and spend more to keep Ozuna?

A decision whether to extend an offer to Ozuna could also be delayed because MLB has yet to make the designated hitter official for the National League moving forward.