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KC Royals could make huge waves by signing Marcell Ozuna

Oct 16, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna (20) hits a single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning in game five of the 2020 NLCS at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna (20) hits a single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning in game five of the 2020 NLCS at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Marcell Ozuna is still waiting to be signed by an MLB team and the KC Royals could actually make sense.

While some will probably see the title and think there’s absolutely no shot of the Kansas City Royals signing Marcell Ozuna, remember that anything is possible. Jim Bowden of The Athletic even had the Royals as one of the best fits for Ozuna in his recent write-up detailing the best remaining free agents (must have a subscription to read the article).

While Ozuna best fits as a designated hitter and the Royals already have one of those in Jorge Soler, the power he provides would give the Royals lineup a huge boost for sure. Ozuna slashed .338/.431/.636 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI through 267 plate appearances as a Brave in 2020.

If the Royals were to make this happen, Ozuna could be their left fielder for 2021, as Alex Gordon retired and there’s no surefire replacement there at the moment. While this would be a really exciting signing, it still wouldn’t give KC the left-handed batter they need for the upcoming season.

It’d be a lot of fun to see Marcell Ozuna in a KC Royals uniform, but could the team make it happen?

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The only way this could end up happening would be if Ozuna took a one-year deal like he did with Atlanta. He’s entering his age 30 season, but could decide to accept another one-year “prove it” deal in order to make sure his stock is even higher a year from now. That’d be risky, but if Ozuna did want to attempt to do that, the Royals could be an option for him.

The 2021 season will be an interesting one for the Royals, as Dayton Moore brought in talent this offseason and the team should be competitive. Their biggest problem is going to be how stacked the American League Central is, as every single team has improved this offseason. That’ll obviously make things tougher for the Royals when it comes to making noise in the postseason race.

Ozuna would be a season-changing player for the Royals. He might not make them the favorites in the AL Central, but he’d be another powerful bat added to their lineup and if nothing else, the team could flip him for prospects at the trade deadline.

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This is definitely a “Sounds nice, but won’t happen” kind of story, but after seeing Bowden putting the Royals as a potential landing spot in his article, I had to explore it more. Maybe it won’t end up just being wishful thinking and Marcell Ozuna will really consider signing with the Kansas City Royals. You never know.