Austin Riley renews Braves contract, setting franchise record

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Austin Riley will be with Atlanta Braves for a long time.

The 25-year-old third baseman, who was selected in the first round of the 2015 draft, signed a 10-year, $212 million contract extension with the Braves that includes the club’s option through 2033. The team announced the deal on Monday.

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Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a double home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning, July 23, 2022, in Atlanta.

Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a double home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning, July 23, 2022, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The deal is the most profitable in Braves history.

“The way he plays the game and the consistency with which he does everything is incredible,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday via MLB.com. “He does everything right and ticks all the boxes to be that guy.”

Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves hits a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning on Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Atlanta.

Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves hits a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning on Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Riley made his first All-Star Game of the season. In 101 games, he is batting .301 with a .964 OPS and 29 home runs. He leads the National League in slugging percentage (.604). He went strong in 2021, earning National League MVP votes after 33 home runs and 107 runs.

The Braves now have several key players locked up for the next few years. riley, Ronald Acuna Jr., Matt Olson and Ozzy Albis signed until at least the 2025 season. Olson will be there until 2029, Akuna has a club option for 2028 and Albis has a club option until 2027.

Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves runs first in an RBI winning ninth inning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks, July 31, 2022, in Atlanta.

Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves runs first in an RBI winning ninth inning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks, July 31, 2022, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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