Austin Riley agrees to 10-year, $212M extension with Braves
The Atlanta Braves announced on Monday that they had extended third baseman Austin Riley’s deal for an additional 10 years and $212 million, which is the longest contract in team history. The deal includes a $20 million option for the 2033 season in addition to the guaranteed amount, which will run through the 2032 season. Riley will receive $15 million under the agreement, $21 million in 2024, and $22 million per season from 2025 through 2032, starting with the upcoming season. The contract will last at least until Riley’s age-36 season and will include three years of arbitration and seven years of free agency.
Riley, 25, is having a fantastic 2022 campaign. He has 101 games under his belt and a slash line of.301/.360/.604 (161 OPS+), with 29 home runs and 31 doubles. He appeared in the first All-Star game of his career earlier this season. Additionally, Riley just completed the 2021 season, during which time he hit 33 home runs, took home a Silver Slugger, and placed eighth in the National League MVP voting. Riley has a lifetime OPS+ of 125 after playing in portions of four big-league seasons. He was selected by the Braves with the No. 41 overall choice in 2015 out of Mississippi’s DeSoto Central High School.
Riley is now one of four young to youngish Braves position players who could all be under contract through at least 2027, joining Ronald Acua Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Matt Olson. Riley and the defending National League champion Braves are currently three games behind the New York Mets in the NL East standings and in a solid playoff position. The Braves have improved after a poor first two months of the season, going 39-14 after June 1.