Ronald Acuña Jr. to receive $100 million over eight years with Braves

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to the second-largest deal in franchise history with star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.

The club announced Tuesday that Acuña had agreed to an eight-year, $100 million extension through 2026, with 2027 and 2028 club options for $17 million a year.

Under his previous contract, Acuna’s salary was $560,000 for the 2019 season. 

The sophomore phenom, who turned 21 in December, had a historic rookie year. He was a near-unanimous winner for the National League Rookie of the Year, receiving 27 of 30 first-place votes to beat out Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.

Expectations were high on the young, emerging star, who helped lead the Braves to an unexpected playoff run last season. He led all rookies with 26 homers and hit .293 with a .917 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. 

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Acuña also became one of five players in major league history to reach 26 home runs in a season before his 21st birthday and is the 10th player in history to have 25 home runs and 15 steals in his rookie season and the first since Mike Trout in 2012.

Acuña follows on the heels of several players signing extensions this spring before reaching free agency. Shortstop Xander Boergarts received a $120 million extension with the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Others include Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom. 


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