Braves, 2B Albies agree to 7-year deal

Braves, 2B Albies agree to 7-year deal

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

Albies was inked to a seven-year extension through 2025 worth $35 million, with club options for 2026 and 2027.

Albies, 22, is in his third Major League Baseball season with Atlanta.

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

Albies' 2018 season was a very solid one, as he earned an All-Star berth with an excellent first half and then tailed off somewhat in the second half.

He would have been eligible for arbitration after the 2020 season and for free agency after the 2023 season.

According MLB Network, the two-year options are for $7 million and $4 million.

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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.

The Braves clearly see the advantage in keeping their two young stars under team control on friendly deals long-term. He hit.261 with 24 home runs, 72 RBIs, 40 doubles and 14 stolen bases in 158 games in 2018 for the Braves, making his first All-Star team. "And I took it because I want my family to be safe".

Even though he's been very productive early in his career, Albies' total earnings have been probably around $1 million, including his global signing bonus.

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

Albies entered Thursday night's game against the New York Mets with a.364 average through 11 games.

The Braves and Albies will hold a press conference this afternoon at 3:30 the Delta SKY360˚ Club at SunTrust Park.

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