Phillies: Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NL East right now

The NL East has some of the worst contracts in baseball.
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9) Worst contracts in the NL East: Marcell Ozuna of the Atlanta Braves

The contracts the Atlanta Braves on their books are so insanely team-friendly it was shocking to even find one you can possibly think of as somewhat bad. All of Matt Olson, Ronald Acuna Jr., Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, Michael Harris, Sean Murphy, and Spencer Strider are locked up on long-term deals that can all be viewed as incredibly team-friendly.

Marcell Ozuna began his Braves career in the shortened 2020 season, and his sixth-place finish in the NL MVP balloting earned him a four-year contract that offseason worth $65 million. The Braves kept a player in town who they thought would continue to be a key piece of their lineup, but most of the contract has had more bad than good.

Ozuna's first half of the deal will be remembered mostly for off-the-field issues. He also had a .675 OPS in that time, and a rough beginning to this season put him on the chopping block. The Braves stuck with him after a 5-for-59 month of April, and are seeing Ozuna finally start hitting for them.

The 32-year-old has been worth the hefty price tag for this season, but is set to make another $16 million next season along with a club option for the 2025 campaign. His recent hot stretch makes it more palatable, but that's a good amount of money for a DH who's been basically a league-average hitter for the duration of the contract.