Just one week after the Braves signed left fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. to a new eight-year, 100 million dollar contract extension, they've agreed to terms on a new deal with up and coming second baseman Ozzie Albies. The 22-year-old will stay in Atlanta will earn a reported $35 million over seven seasons. That's not all, however, because the contract will also feature two more years via an option.
Albies is playing his second season in the show this year. In 2018, the Curaçao native posted a .261/.305/.452 slash line, hit 24 home runs, and had a 3.8 WAR. Along with league superstar Freddie Freeman, ageless wonder Nick Markakis, and starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, the youngster was voted onto the National League roster for the 2018 All Star Game.
The Atlanta Braves today agreed to terms with INF Ozzie Albies on a seven-year contract extension through 2025 worth $35 million, with club options for the 2026 and 2027 seasons. #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/lzIYsn7PaM— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 11, 2019
It goes without saying that with some Braves getting long in the tooth, players like Albies and Acuña should be locked into long-term contracts. The Braves have had a long lineage of success since the late 1980s, and they certainly want to keep the party going, or at least keep up with their rivals in the National League East. As of writing today, the Braves currently sit in the middle of a three-way tie at the top of the most chaotic division in the majors and one game past a fourth team, the Washington Nationals.
As for Albies himself, he's continued to rake in excellent numbers from the dish. He currently sports a .364/.429/.500 slash and an impressive 0.6 WAR, which is impressive this early in the season. We here at Fancred will certainly continue to see how the youngster continues to fare within a strong Atlanta lineup and find out just how successful he can be in the demanding MLB.