Braves, Albies Agree to Extension

Ozzie Albies

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

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a long-term contract extension with second baseman Ozzie Albies.

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.

Many Atlanta Braves fan's and pundits wondered out loud throughout the winter if the Braves didn't sign any more free agents after Josh Donaldson if they would insert the money into locking up the young core players, which is exactly what they have done now.

An All-Star in 2018, Albies hit.261 with 24 home runs, 74 runs batted in and an OPS of.757 previous year.

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Albies hit.261/.305/.452 last season as a 21-year-old, which was good for a 102 OPS+. Each of the two club vesting options are worth a reported $7 million, with a $4 million buyout in 2026 and no buyout in 2027. His first full season (2012) saw Altuve make the All-Star team while putting up an OPS of.740.

Albies, 22, was signed by the Braves in 2013 as an global free agent. Similarly, Acuña Jr.'s deal would allow him to remain under Braves control through 2028 (his year-30 season). "And I took it because I want my family to be safe".

"I love being part of the Braves and I want to be a fearless for the rest of my life", Albies said, according to Kevin McAlpin of Braves Radio Net.

Ozzie Albies knows he could have earned a lot more money going year to year and waiting for even greater riches in salary arbitration and free agency.

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