Atlanta Braves, Ozzie Albies agree to $35 million contract extension

The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies on a multiyear deal that could keep him with the club through the 2027 season. 

The team made the official announcement Thursday on a seven-year, $35 million extension that also contains two club option years.

The move is the second long-term deal in two weeks for the Braves, who have have locked up their top young stars — Albies, 22, and outfielder Ronald Acuña, 21 — for at least the next seven seasons.

Last week, they signed Acuña to an eight-year, $100 million contract extension. 

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In his first full major league season, Albies hit .261 last year with 24 home runs, 72 RBI and 105 runs scored. He was named to the National League All-Star team and was the youngest player in the game.

This season, Albies is off to an outstanding start, hitting .364/.429/.500 in his first 11 games.

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