Braves finalize $100M extension for Acuña

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
April 02, 2019 - 12:53 pm

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. on an eight-year, $100 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

There was much speculation after Mike Trout signed a $430 million contract to remain with the Los Angeles Angels, and Bryce Harper signing a $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, that Acuña could acquire that much in a future deal.

Both Andy Bunker and Jon Chuckery agree that it was in the Braves best interest to get this deal done now.

"It's a very smart, financial move for the Braves," Andy said. "A, because you don't have to deal with the arbitration stuff when it comes around because that could get messy...And B, if Ronald Acuña is anywhere near where we think that he could be on the trajectory he's on right now, $100 million contract is a bargain."

Acuña was playing on a one-year, $560,000 deal entering 2019. The new contract extension goes into effect starting this season.

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ESPN's Jeff Passan was the first to report that the Atlanta Braves were finalizing an eight-year, $100 million contract with outfielder phenom Ronald Acuña Jr.