Ozzie Albies
Ozzie Albies just signed a contract extension to stay in Atlanta for the foreseeable future #ChopOn

The Atlanta Braves are doing a hell of a job locking up their young building blocks. Ronald Acuna has already been signed to a team friendly extension. Now stud second baseman, Ozzie Albies will join him. The Braves and Albies have agreed to a 7-year deal worth $35 million. The deal also includes two option years.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report the news:

The Braves already had control over Albies until 2023. Now they will extend that marriage even further. This is a crazy cheap contract. $35 million is pennies. He could have made that in the final two years of Arbitration alone. This is an enormous win for the Braves. I don’t know how they did it. 3 years from now, Albies will probably fire his agent.

Albies, 22, has a career batting line of .268/.317/.453 to go along with 30 homers, 49 doubles, 10 triples and 22 stolen bases. Albies also posted a WAR of 3.8 in 2018. The Braves second baseman is off to a very hot start to 2019 too. He has an OPS of .926 through 11 games.

A lot of credit should be given to the old regime ran by John Hart. The man was a wizard and turned this franchise around quick. The Braves continue to ooze with young talent. They are even convincing them to take dirt cheap contracts to stick around even longer. Watch out for the Braves moving forward. They are scary.

The NL East is a fun division. The Braves are loaded with young talent. The Phillies made a bunch of offseason splashes. The Nats still have talent everywhere. The Mets have the best pitching staff. This division is going to be fun to monitor.