Atlanta Braves extend Austin Riley with huge contract

The Atlanta Braves have signed star third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year contract for $212 million, the team announced Monday.

The deal will run through the 2032 season and includes a $20 million club option for 2033. Riley also agreed to donate $2.12 million to the Atlanta Braves Foundation, the team said.

The news comes just weeks after 25-year-old Riley appeared in his first All-Star Game. He currently hits .301 with 29 home runs and 68 RBI, with a .964 OPS in 101 games this season. His 61 extra-base hits are the most in the majors, including 26 in July — breaking Hank Aaron’s previous franchise record by one (1961).

Riley currently has the second-lowest chance of winning NL MVP at +500, behind only Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals (-140).

Riley was a first round pick of the Braves in 2015.

Four years later, he made his Major League-debut, and he broke through last season, finishing seventh in the NL MVP voting after hitting .303 with 33 homeruns and 107 RBI’s.

With the extension, the young core of the Braves, consisting of Riley, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, now all signed until at least 2025 (Albies’ contract runs through 2025, with team options in 2026 and ’27; Acuña’s deal runs through 2026, with team options in 2027 and ’28). All three are 25 years old or younger.

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