Published: Вс, Апреля 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Braves keep young core together by signing Ozzie Albies to extension

Braves keep young core together by signing Ozzie Albies to extension

The announcement comes just days after the Braves locked up another young player, Ronald Acuna, Jr., on an eight-year, $100 million deal.

As first reported by MLB Network's Joel Sherman, the Braves and Albies have agreed to a seven-year, $35 million contract extension, with club options for the 2026 and 2027 seasons.

After the deal was announced, many are criticizing it saying Albies deserves more and that this type of deal is underselling the amount of talent he brings to Atlanta.

Ablies, 22, is playing for $575,000 this season.

Albies, 22, was signed by the Braves in 2013 as an global free agent. In 11 games this season, he's hitting.364 with a home run and two RBI.

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Signing Ozzie and Acuna long term is the best case scenario for a team who has been unwilling to spend on blockbuster deals in seasons past. "And I took it because I want my family to be safe". Albies was named to the 2018 National All-star team alongside the Braves other star rookie, Ronald Acuña Jr.

The two option years will come after Albies' seven-year deal is up.

Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos will likely be commended for landing such franchise friendly agreements, while analysts and players will likely continue to groan about player manipulation and the financial pressure of rookie contracts.

Signing their two young stars to extensions is a great move and one that will help ingratiate the front office with the fans once again.

From a character standpoint, it's more than commendable that Albies chose to forgo a chance at a mammoth contract just to play with his closest friend and help his team for the long haul.

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