Atlanta Braves: Albies and Braves agree to 7-year contract extension

Ross Houston
April 14, 2019

The Atlanta Braves continued their trend of locking up their own players signing Ozzie Albies to what could amount to a nine-year deal.

Albies' deal includes club options for the 2026 and 2027 seasons.

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

The Atlanta Braves are doing everything they can to ensure the club's young, star players remain in Atlanta for years to come.

Entering Thursday, he was hitting.364 with one homer and two RBIs in 11 games this season after batting.261 with 40 doubles, 24 homers, 72 RBIs, 14 steals and 105 runs previous year. The two option years are valued at $7 million each with a $4 million buy-out for each.

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

Compared to 2018, Albies should have many more RBI chances in 2019 as he is hitting behind Josh Donaldson, Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna, and Nick Markakis when facing a righty, instead of his 2018 batting spot where he mostly hit second.

Albies knew he signed a team-friendly contract.

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". He is hitting.364 with a home run, two RBIs and two stolen bases through 11 games this season for Atlanta.

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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