The Atlanta Braves have announced an extension with second baseman Ozzie Albies. The extension is for seven years and it is worth $35 million and it also includes vesting options for the 2026 and 2027 season.
This deal continues a trend that has been sweeping baseball since right before the season started, which is young players re-signing with their current teams on long-term deals to gain financial security before trying to get a big contract in free agency.
These deals tend to be team-friendly, but this one seems to take the cake as far as being the most team-friendly. Albies is coming off of an All-Star season in his first full season in which he stole 14 bases and hit 24 home runs while also hitting 40 doubles.
Albies has shown a ton of potential so far in his young career to be one of the top second baseman in all of baseball and he completes a very good middle infield duo with Dansby Swanson, making it pretty mind-blowing that the Braves were able to lock him up in the long-term for such a small average annual value.
On top of showing great talent as an offensive player so far, he is also a very plus defender, posting a defensive WAR last season of 1.2 with 8 defensive runs saved.
Albies has shown to have all of the tools to be an elite player so far in his career and he is one of the core players of this young Braves nucleus going forward and while he was already not going to go anywhere because of the control the Braves had over him, but now he’s locked up past arbitration and into when he could become a free agent.
This deal is just really mind-blowing. The Braves are able to spend money on their team and now they have two of their top players, Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. locked up for the long-term and they will also have financial flexibility to go out and add to this very talented young team that is ahead of schedule in most people’s eyes because of them making the postseason last year.
The Braves have the look of being a winner long-term.
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