The Braves have reached a 10-year, $124 million extension with star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the deal starts this season, includes two club options and runs through 2028. The club options in 2027 and 2028 are reportedly worth $17 million each with a $10 million buyout.
Prior to signing the extension, Acuna was under the Braves’ control through 2024. The deal buys out four years of free agency.
All in all, the Braves get Ronald Acuña Jr. for the next 10 years at a maximum of $124 million. It is the sort of deal teams dream of.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 2, 2019
Acuna, 21, burst onto the Major League scene after skyrocketing through the minor leagues. He owns a .291/.366/.548 batting line through his first 115 games. His tremendous second half of 2018 propelled him to National League Rookie of the Year honors.
We are awaiting specifics for how the money will break down on an annual basis. As soon as those are announced we will update this post.
This is, obviously, a big day for the Braves and their star outfielder. It locks in cost certainty for the front office in a time where arbitration figures are skyrocketing, and it provides Acuna and his family with financial security for life and the ability to become a free agent at the age of 31 if he so chooses. Acuna signed for just $100K as a teenager in Venezuela.
Two weeks ago, Talking Chop wrote that now is the time to extend Acuna.
The Braves have officially announced Acuna’s new deal. This is the second largest contract in team history trailing only Freddie Freeman’s eight-year, $135 million deal from 2014. The deal begins this season will last through the 2026 season. It also includes club options for 2027 and 2028.