The contract could be worth up to $35 million, per reports, and begins with the current season. Albies' OPS in his first full season, also an All-Star year, was.757.
The Atlanta Braves are continuing to lock up their young core.
Ozzie Albies was already locked up through the 2023 season so this will add at least two years of free agency with the ability to cover four years of free agency.More news: Tiger 1 shot off lead despite security guard scare
The 22-year-old has quickly become one of the top players at his position since debuting in the big leagues, authoring a career slash line of.272/.323/.456 with 31 home runs, 102 RBIs, and 24 steals in 226 games. Ablies' team options years are worth $7 million each with $4 million buyouts. Albies is making $575,000 this season as part of his rookie contract, and wouldn't have been eligible for arbitration for another two seasons. Albies was named to the 2018 National All-star team alongside the Braves other star rookie, Ronald Acuña Jr.
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.
Even though he's been very productive early in his career, Albies' total earnings have been probably around $1 million, including his worldwide signing bonus. He's off to a hot start in 2019, hitting.364 through 11 games.More news: Cheatsheet: All You Need To Know Ahead Of The NBA Playoffs
From a character standpoint, it's more than commendable that Albies chose to forgo a chance at a mammoth contract just to play with his closest friend and help his team for the long haul.
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.More news: Masters 2019: Tiger Woods involved in frightening collision with security guard