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Braves Sign Ozzie Albies To 7 Years $35 Million

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  • Braves Sign Ozzie Albies To 7 Years $35 Million

    Braves, 2B Albies agree to 7-year, $35M deal

    AATLANTA -- Ozzie Albies knows he could have earned a lot more money going year to year and waiting for even greater riches in salary arbitration and free agency. The 22-year-old All-Star second baseman instead opted for financial security for his family in Curacao.

    Albies and the Braves agreed Thursday to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes a pair of team options that could make it worth $45 million for nine seasons.

    The agreement announced Thursday supersedes a one-year contract signed last month that called for a $575,000 salary in the major leagues -- $20,000 above the minimum.

    He gets $1 million in each of the next two seasons, $3 million in 2021, $5 million in 2022 and $7 million each in 2023, '24 and '25. Atlanta has a $7 million option for 2026 with a $4 million buyout, and if that is exercised, the Braves have a $7 million option for 2027 with no buyout.

    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 last year.