Atlanta Braves extend Austin Riley with massive contract

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

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

The news comes just weeks after the 25-year-old Riley 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-base hits are the most in the majors, and included 26 in July, which broke Hank Aaron’s previous franchise record by one (1961).

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

Riley was a first-round pick by the Braves in 2015.

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

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

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