The Atlanta Braves have locked up one other prized piece of their current and future. The group introduced it signed rookie outfielder Michael Harris II to an eight-year, $72 million contract on Tuesday evening.
The 21-year-old Harris made his MLB debut on Could 28 and has since turn into supervisor Brian Snitker’s major heart fielder. He owns a .287/.325/.500 batting line to go together with 12 house runs, 39 RBIs and 13 stolen bases already.
Atlanta drafted Harris within the third spherical of the 2019 MLB Draft. His new deal is the newest instance of Atlanta securing a participant within the uncooked phases of his MLB profession to leap at a contract, offering the franchise with long-term, monetary flexibility. Up to now three years, they’ve prolonged Austin Riley (10-year, $212 million), Matt Olson (eight-year, $168 million), Ronald Acuna Jr. (eight-year, $100 million) and Ozzie Albies (seven-year, $35 million deal).
Every of these 4 was an All-Star choice up to now 12 months. At 28 years outdated, Olson is by far the elder statesman of the group. Acuna (24), Albies (25) and Riley (25) inked their extensions by their third MLB seasons. They make for fairly the promising core.
On the season, Atlanta has tallied 182 house runs (second in MLB), a .765 OPS (second), 575 runs (third), 1,017 hits (sixth) and a .252 batting common (seventh).
The Braves are 72-46, good for second within the NL East and three-and-a-half video games again of the New York Mets. Coming off their 2021 World Collection title, the Braves acquired Olson from the Oakland Athletics for a quartet of extremely regarded prospects: catcher Shea Langeliers, outfielder Cristian Pache and pitchers Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes.
The transfer for Olson was made amid the uncertainty of franchise first baseman Freddie Freeman, who finally signed a six-year, $162 million take care of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves have historically developed from inside. The majority of their beginning rotation was both drafted or got here up by means of their farm system (Max Fried, Kyle Wright and Spencer Strider). With All-Star shortstop Dansby Swanson a free agent after this season, Atlanta may presumably let the 28-year-old stroll and plug in Vaughn Grissom, who has been with the group since Aug. 10 and is the membership’s No. 1 prospect.
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