Austin Riley signs 10-year deal with Braves

ATLANTA — Life is nice for Austin Riley. The Braves third baseman ended July by breaking considered one of Hank Aaron’s data and he began August by studying he’ll have an opportunity to remain in Atlanta for no less than one other decade.

Riley and the Braves agreed to a 10-year, $212 million contract on Monday. This deal, probably the most profitable in franchise historical past, features a $20 million choice for 2033, when the All-Star slugger will probably be 36 years previous.

“How he performs the sport and the consistency with which he does every thing is unbelievable,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “He does every thing proper and checks all of the packing containers to be that man.”

As Riley has established himself as one of many recreation’s greatest gamers over the previous two years, he has given the Braves motive to make him considered one of their cornerstones. First baseman Matt Olson is signed by 2029, proper fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. has a membership choice by 2028 and Ozzie Albies has a membership choice by 2027.

Thanks to the success of The Battery Atlanta, final 12 months’s World Series title and 29 sellouts this 12 months, the Braves consider they may quickly have one of many recreation’s high 5 payrolls. So, there’s an opportunity the membership may even try and make Max Fried and Dansby Swanson part of the long-term future.

With this deal, the Braves purchased out three arbitration years for Riley, who will make $15 million in 2023, $21 million in 2024 and $22 million per season over the rest of the deal.

Olson will make $21 million in 2023 after which draw $22 million yearly from 2024-29. Acuña’s deal ought to proceed to be fairly helpful as he is not going to make greater than $17 million by 2028, when the second of two membership choices would expire. As for Albies, he is not going to make greater than $7 million by 2027, when the second of his two membership choices would expire.

Riley simply accomplished one of many best months in Braves historical past, hitting .423 with 11 homers and a 1.344 OPS in July. He set a franchise document with 26 extra-base hits, breaking the mark Aaron set when he tallied 25 extra-base hits in July 1961.

“He could be the very best right-handed hitter within the league proper now,” D-backs beginning pitcher Merrill Kelly stated after going through Riley on Sunday.

Riley has hit .302 with 62 homers and a .924 OPS because the begin of the 2021 season. He ranks second amongst all Major League third basemen with a 9.2 fWAR (Fangraphs’ Wins Above Replacement Model), trailing solely the Guardians’ José Ramírez (11.3) inside this span.

“We’re watching a famous person proper now,” Braves right-hander Kyle Wright not too long ago stated of Riley.

Riley is presently hitting .301 with 29 homers and a .964 OPS, which ranks second amongst NL gamers, trailing solely Paul Goldschmidt (1.012). His MLB-best 61 extra-base hits put him on tempo to complete 95 this 12 months. Aaron set the franchise document with 92 XBH in 1959. The Orioles’ Chris Davis (96 in 2013) was the latest MLB participant to document no less than 95 XBH in a season.

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