Monday, February 6, 2023

Austin Riley received the largest contract in Atlanta Braves history

Bright Times News: The Atlanta Braves’ star third baseman inked the largest contract in the organization’s history on Tuesday, with the trade deadline still in effect for the majority of baseball players. He will be under this $212 million, 10-year contract till the 2032 election. A $20 million club option is also available for 2033.

As of the start of play on Monday, Riley had 61 extra-base hits in 101 games, including 29 home runs, leading the majors. He also had a batting average of.301 and an OPS of.964 (on-base plus slugging).

Riley, who is playing in his first All-Star game this year, is a contender for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, which was won by Bryce Harper of Philadelphia last year. Although he didn’t win the Gold Glove when Nolan Arenado joined the league, his hitting form has significantly improved in his defence.

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As part of his new deal, Riley agreed to give $2.12 million to the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Since Riley was still under club control for three more years, his contract extension came as a surprise and will take effect in 2023.

Riley, a first-round amateur draught pick in 2015, has experienced a roller-coaster of a career. Initially troubled by frequent strikeouts and inconsistent defence, he finally found his footing in 2021, when he finished with.

Appeared in 160 games, more than any other National League player, with a 303 average, 33 home runs, and 107 runs. a third baseman more than. During Atlanta’s victorious postseason run, he hit two additional home runs, and he later took seventh place in the National League MVP voting.

The 6-3, 240-pound right-handed batter added a game-winning double on Sunday to round up a successful month of July by driving in the lone run in the Truist Park victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hank Aaron previously held the club record for the most extra-base hits in a month, but Riley’s ninth-inning hit against Mark Melancon (his 26th) shattered that mark.

Shortstop Dansby Swanson is the lone Atlanta infielder without a long-term contract now that Riley is committed for the next ten years. The standout right-fielder Ronald Acuna, Jr., first baseman Matt Olsson, who was acquired in March, and second baseman Ozzy Albies, who is out due to a fractured leg, all have extended contracts.

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