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Atlanta Braves extend Austin Riley to huge contract


The Atlanta Braves have signed star third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million deal, the most lucrative deal in team history and a surprise considering he has had three more seasons under the control of the club.

The deal begins in 2023 and lasts through the 1932 season, and it includes a $20 million club option for 2033. Riley also agreed to donate $2.12 million to the Braves Foundation of Atlanta, according to the team.

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

Riley currently has the second-shortest odds to win the NL MVP award at +500, behind only Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals (-140).

Riley was a Braves first-round pick in 2015.

He made his major league debut four years later, and he broke out last season, finishing seventh in NL MVP voting after hitting .303 with 33 home runs and 107 RBIs.

With the extension, the Braves’ young core of Riley, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies are now signed through 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 or younger.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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