Atlanta Braves News
The Atlanta Braves dropped a bombshell during Tuesday’s off day announcing agreed to terms with outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. on an eight-year, $100 million dollar extension that will keep him in an Atlanta uniform through the 2026 season and contains a pair of club options for 2027 and 2028. It is the second largest contract in franchise history and the largest for a player with as little major league service time as Acuña has.
Reaction to Acuña’s contract extension
- Talking Chop - Ronald Acuña Jr. is a Brave for the long haul. Now it’s time to build around him
- The Athletic - Schultz: Acuña signing is a Braves decision nobody should second-guess
- The Athletic - Braves sign Acuña to bargain deal that could last a decade at $124 million
- FanGraphs - Ronald Acuña Jr.’s New Contract is Staggering
- The Ringer - Ronald Acuña Jr. Got Paid a Lot—and Also a Lot Less Than He’s Worth
The Acuña extension also warranted an emergency Talking Chop podcast. Brad Rowland and Scott Coleman break down the deal and what it means.
The Mississippi Braves announced their Opening Day roster for the 2019 season and it is loaded with nine of Talking Chop’s Top 30 prospects including pitchers Ian Anderson, Kyle Muller and Joey Wentz along with outfielders Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.
Small sample size but the Braves are showing a lot more patience at the plate so far this season.
Acuña wasn’t the outfielder to get paid on Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays locked up Randal Grichuk with a five-year, $52 million deal that runs through the 2023 season.
The Blue Jays were quite busy on Tuesday trading longtime outfielder Kvin Pillar to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for utility man Alen Hanson, right-hander Juan De Paula and right-hander Derek Law.
The Colorado Rockies reached an agreement with right-hander German Marquez on a five-year, $43 million deal. The extension will give him a raise this season and will run through 2023.
More bad news on the injury front for the Cleveland Indians and shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor was working his way back from a calf strain that he suffered back in February but suffered an ankle injury while running the bases during a minor league game on March 26. There is no real timetable yet for his return but it looks like it won’t be before the end of April.