Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Braves, Albies Agree to Extension

Braves, Albies Agree to Extension

Albies' extension comes just after fellow rookie sensation Ronald Acuña Jr. signed his 8-year extension.

- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 11, 2019Second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves are in agreement on a seven-year, $35M contract extension that includes a pair of club option, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound native of Willemstad Curaçao, last season set the franchise record for most extra-base hits (22) by the end of April and tied for the second most in Major League Baseball history.

Many Atlanta Braves fan's and pundits wondered out loud throughout the winter if the Braves didn't sign any more free agents after Josh Donaldson if they would insert the money into locking up the young core players, which is exactly what they have done now.

Ablies, 22, is playing for $575,000 this season.

After having initial success in limited duty late in the 2017 season, Ozzie took a huge step forward in 2018 and made his first All-Star team.

Though many feel he gave the Braves too good of a deal and sold himself too short, Albies said he signed the deal to give his family security. Each of the two club vesting options are worth a reported $7 million, with a $4 million buyout in 2026 and no buyout in 2027.

With 2019 just getting underway, Albies only has 44 at-bats on the year where he has slashed.364/.429/.500 with a.929 OPS.

The Braves will face off against their NL East Division rival New York Mets at home in SunTrust Park Thursday night.

I don't think anyone can argue that Ozzie Albies is Jose Altuve, yet he is guaranteed more money than Altuve was at the same stage of their respective careers while allowing him to play with a close friend in a city that he now calls home.

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