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Atlanta Braves, Michael Harris II agree to 8-year, $72 million extension

The Atlanta Braves took another step toward locking up their young core long-term Tuesday night, agreeing to an eight-year, $72 million extension with outfielder Michael Harris II.

The deal for Harris, 21, runs through the 2030 season and includes team options for 2031 ($15 million) and 2032 ($20 million).

Harris was the team’s top pick early in the season, leading to a major league call-up in late May. The youngest player in the majors hasn’t missed a shot since, hitting .287 with 12 homers, 13 steals and 39 RBI in 71 games.

He was named NL Rookie of the Month in June, currently leads all qualified rookies with an OPS of .825 and has played strong outfield defense for the reigning World Series Champions.

Atlanta has made a habit of locking up its young talent in recent seasons. The team signed star third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million extension earlier this month, and now Harris, Riley, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies have all signed until at least 2025.

All four players are 25 years or younger.

Additionally, first baseman Matt Olson, 28, will be signed through the 2029 season (with a club option for 2030).

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34410443/atlanta-braves-michael-harris-ii-agree-8-year-72-million-extension Atlanta Braves, Michael Harris II agree to 8-year, $72 million extension

Emma Bowman

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