Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Atlanta Braves Extend Second Baseman Ozzie Albies With Team Friendly Deal

Atlanta Braves Extend Second Baseman Ozzie Albies With Team Friendly Deal

The club's other budding superstar, Ronald Acuna, signed an eight-year, $100 million extension on April 2 that could keep him in Atlanta through his age-30 season.

All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and '27.

With the extensions being handed out so far this season it is fair to wonder who could be next for Atlanta?

The Atlanta Braves are doing everything they can to ensure the club's young, star players remain in Atlanta for years to come.

A NL All-Star in his first full season past year, Albies hit.261 (167-for-639) with 40 doubles, 24 home runs, 105 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 2018.

Last season, Albies hit.261/.305/.452, with 24 home runs, in 684 plate appearances.

With teams showing an unprecedented reluctance to sign free agents to long-term deals, young stars are resorting to early contract extensions worth tens of millions less to ensure their financial futures are secured.

According MLB Network, the two-year options are for $7 million and $4 million.

Albies is making $575,000 in 2019. "And I took it because I want my family to be safe". His first full season (2012) saw Altuve make the All-Star team while putting up an OPS of.740.

That players like Albies and Acuna are choosing to sign extensions well before they hit the free agency market shows a growing trend around baseball. This season, he's already off to an impressing start, batting.364 in the first 11 games.

Ozzie Albies is staying with the Braves for a long time.

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