Ozzie Albies, Braves agree to $35M, 7-year contract | AP sports

Ozzie Albies Braves

Ozzie Albies Braves

The Atlanta Braves and second baseman Ozzie Albies have agreed to a seven-year contract extension worth $35 million, the team announced Thursday.

Per Sherman, the deal includes two option years and begins this season. It eliminates Albies' arbitration years - a period that would normally see him get dramatic raises every season.

The Curacao native notched his first All-Star appearance past year by slashing.261/.305/.452 with 24 home runs, 72 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. A year ago he made his first All-Star Game appearance after hitting.261 with 24 home runs, second in the majors among second baseman behind only the Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez. The switch-hitter wasn't due to become a free agent until after the 2023 season. It will keep Albies under club control past his age-30 season, a key for teams these days.

Though signing their own talent is great Atlanta still has holes on their roster and will have to continue to make moves if they hope to be true contenders in 2019.

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Notably perturbed by the lack of value in both deals, Passan added, "Ronald Acuña and Ozzie Albies are richer than you, me and 99.999% of people ever will be, and they can take solace in that".

But what may be lost by many fans is why people inside the game reacted so strongly to Albies' contract. This season, he's already off to an impressing start, batting.364 in the first 11 games.

The Atlanta Braves are going to be good for a very long time. Acuna and Albies are just two of many building blocks for this young team. If the extensions are picked up, the deal could last through the 2027 season.

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