Braves announce seven-year deal with Ozzie Albies

Heather Diaz
April 14, 2019

The initial reaction around the league is that the Atlanta Braves got a steal with the contract, as they have now locked up their two biggest young stars for under $150 million, not including the option years.

The Atlanta Braves continued their trend of locking up their own players signing Ozzie Albies to what could amount to a nine-year deal. Should the team exercise their options in 2026 and 2027, Albies will earn an additional $7 million for each season.

Albies, who turned 22 in January, completed his first full season past year where he made the All-Star team and led the majors in home runs by players whose primary position was second base. The switch-hitter wasn't due to become a free agent until after the 2023 season. Similarly, Acuña Jr.'s deal would allow him to remain under Braves control through 2028 (his year-30 season).

After having initial success in limited duty late in the 2017 season, Ozzie took a huge step forward in 2018 and made his first All-Star team.

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

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Regardless of how the deal influences future contract extensions, it's heartwarming to see the depth of the bond between two of the best young stars in the game.

But what may be lost by many fans is why people inside the game reacted so strongly to Albies' contract.

The 2019 version of Albies has gotten off to a good start as well in the first few weeks as he is hitting.364 and playing good defense.

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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