Austin Riley receives a massive $212m extension with the Braves
Ricky Gray | August 2, 2022
Atlanta signed the third baseman to the most lucrative deal in team history.
Austin Riley has signed a 10-year $212m contract extension with the Atlanta Braves, marking the most lucrative deal in team history.
The deal starts in 2023 and runs through the '32 season, including a $20m club option for 2033. According to the team, Riley also agreed to donate $2.12m to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.
Currently hitting .301 with 29 home runs and 68 RBI, with a .964 OPS in 101 games this season, Riley is easily one of the best players in the Braves lineup.
His 61 extra-base hits are the most in the majors including 26 in July, breaking Hank Aaron's previous franchise record by one (1961).
At the moment, Riley has the second-shortest odds to win NL MVP at +500, following behind Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals (-140).
Riley, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Ozzie Albies are all now signed through at least 2025. All three of these players are under 25 years old.
Currently second in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves have a record of 62-41 and recently swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game series.
Recently the Braves announced that outfielder Robbie Grossman was signed to the team. Grossman has a batting average of .205 this season, with two home runs and 23 RBIs.
Grossman said: “I had a blast playing for the Tigers, and it didn't end how I wanted it to, but it's part of this business and I'm on to the next chapter in my baseball career.”
The Braves also acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Houston Astros for CP Will Smith.