Albies' extension comes just after fellow rookie sensation Ronald Acuña Jr. signed his 8-year extension.
Ozzie Albies and his representation took heat on Thursday when news of the second baseman's contract extension with the Atlanta Braves was revealed.
Albies was inked to a seven-year extension through 2025 worth $35 million, with club options for 2026 and 2027.
The Chicago White Sox gave outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the No. 3-ranked prospect coming into this season, a six-year, $43 million deal before he even played a game in the majors.
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. With this new deal, however, he'll make an average of $5 million a year up until his age-28 season, with options to extend the deal for a further two years.
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Compared to 2018, Albies should have many more RBI chances in 2019 as he is hitting behind Josh Donaldson, Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna, and Nick Markakis when facing a righty, instead of his 2018 batting spot where he mostly hit second.
Signing Ozzie and Acuna long term is the best case scenario for a team who has been unwilling to spend on blockbuster deals in seasons past.
Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos will likely be commended for landing such franchise friendly agreements, while analysts and players will likely continue to groan about player manipulation and the financial pressure of rookie contracts.
Albies is part of a young core the led the Braves to the NL East title in 2018.
The two option years will come after Albies' seven-year deal is up.