Braves Sign Another Young Star To Massive Extension

The Atlanta Braves have done it again. They've locked up yet another one of their core young stars to a long-term extension. This time it's a six-year deal with sensational rookie pitcher Spencer Strider.

The deal is worth $75M running through 2028, with a team option in 2029 that could take it to $92M. 

The 23-year-old right-hander has exploded onto the scene this season with a number of all-time records. He's posted a 2.67 in 31 appearances (20 starts), with a 0.99 WHIP and a ridiculous 13.8 K/9—the highest ever by a rookie pitcher. He posted 202 strikeouts in just 131.2 innings. 

He also incredibly became the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 200 with fewer than 100 hits allowed, and the fastest pitcher ever, by innings, to reach the 200 K mark... passing Randy Johnson's old record. 

If it wasn't for his teammate, fellow freshman Michael Harris II, Strider would be a shoo-in for NL Rookie of the Year. And he still might be. The Braves also signed Harris to a similar extension last month, and several other young stars in the past couple of years.

Austin Riley (2032), Matt Olson (2030), Michael Harris II (2030), Ronald Acuña Jr. (2028), and Ozzie Albies (2027) are all signed to long-term extensions that will keep this team together for years and years. 

And, of yes, they're already the defending World Series champions. 

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