Riley Signed To Extension During His Best Season
Austin Riley signed a ten year, $212 million contract extension with the Atlanta Braves yesterday. It’s the largest contract in team history, and it comes as Riley is having his best season. Riley leads Atlanta in every major offensive category, and he is a leading MVP candidate as well.
Riley’s fielding, while than when he came up with the team, are not as good as they have been the past couple of years. Still he forms a solid infield with Ozzie Albies, who may be out longer than Atlanta originally thought, Dansby Swanson, and Matt Olson. Swanson, Olson, and Riley have helped the lead the second best offense, in terms of runs scored, in the NL.
What Does Riley’s Contract Mean For Swanson?
Riley may be having his best season for Atlanta, but Dansby Swanson continues to shine in a contract year as well. In every hitting statistic Swanson is performing above his career average. Not only that but no matter how he performed at the plate remained a solid defensive shortstop.
At least one site predicted Swanson and the Braves would agree to team friendly deal at the end of the season. Bleacher Report made that prediction before Riley’s contract extension. With Riley signed Braves fans attention turns to whether Swanson also remains part of the teams infield long term. He is a popular player in Atlanta who has come up clutch for the team on many occasions. Swanson’s resigning is not the only negotiation for GM Alex Anthopoulos to deal with this offseason. Atlanta looks to resign ace Max Fried as well. How much more payroll the team is willing to spend will go a long way to staying in contention with the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and New York Mets.
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