Atlanta Braves extend Ozzie Albies’ contract

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

Earlier this month, the Braves signed 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuna an eight-year, $100 million contract.

The Atlanta Braves have announced the signing of the second baseman Ozzie Albies to a seven-year, $35 million contract extension. The deal keeps the infielder with the franchise through 2025 and includes team options for the 2026 and 2027 seasons.

Ozzie Albies will be remaining in Atlanta for the foreseeable future.

The Atlanta Braves are continuing to lock up their young core.

Before the extension, Albies was locked in by the Braves through 2023 and was set to make $575,000 this season.

In an era of record breaking contracts and massive deals, the Braves will be keeping each player through a part of their prime for a bargain.

Rather than exercising the two club options, the Astros signed Altuve to another 7-year extension worth $163.5 million.

Take Acuña's deal, for instance.

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.

Even though he's been very productive early in his career, Albies' total earnings have been probably around $1 million, including his worldwide signing bonus. He is hitting.364 with a home run, two RBIs and two stolen bases through 11 games this season for Atlanta.

I don't think anyone can argue that Ozzie Albies is Jose Altuve, yet he is guaranteed more money than Altuve was at the same stage of their respective careers while allowing him to play with a close friend in a city that he now calls home.

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