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Braves announce seven-year deal with 2B Albies

Braves announce seven-year deal with 2B Albies

All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and '27. The two option years are valued at $7 million each with a $4 million buy-out for each. It will also feature two option years.

Albies and Acuña wreaked havoc on the league a year ago, combining for 50 home runs and 136 runs driven in.

Albies, 22, was set to become arbitration eligible in 2021 and a free agent in 2024.

Atlanta Braves phenom Ozzie Albies looks on during batting practice with fellow Braves phenom Ronald Acuña Jr. He batted.261 with 24 homers, 72 RBIs and 105 runs scored in 158 games.

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The Atlanta Braves want to make sure their young core stays together for a long time. The new deal guarantees he will under Braves team control through the 2025 season.

As noted by ESPN's Jeff Passan, when taking into account both Albies and Acuña Jr.'s potential, "Atlanta bought itself hundreds of millions of dollars in surplus value" with both deals. "And I took (the deal) because I want my family to be safe".

Signing their two young stars to extensions is a great move and one that will help ingratiate the front office with the fans once again.

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. In comments given following the Braves' contract extension press conference, Albies stated, "I'm excited to be here for another seven years". He's hitting a robust.364 with a.929 OPS in 11 games.