Braves Hand Out Yet Another Contract Extension to All-Star

In what has been their M.O. in recent seasons, the Atlanta Braves are continuing to lock up as many members of their championship-caliber team to extensions as possible. The latest is catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

For the backup catcher, a 2022 All-Star, it's a one-year deal worth $8M. Granted, that's a far cry from the $212M handed Austin Riley last year, or even the $73M they signed starting catcher Sean Murphy to earlier this year, but d'Arnaud is 34, and this is the most prudent way of going about it.

d'Arnaud has started just 30 games behind the plate this year, but his eight homers and .816 OPS were enough to convince the Braves to make him their latest to re-up with the team. 

Following is a list of the notable extensions handed out by GM Alex Anthopoulos over the past couple of years:

  • 2022: Austin Riley, 3B, 10 years, $212M
  • 2022: Matt Olson, 1B,    8 years, $168M
  • 2021: Ronald Acuna Jr, OF  8 years, $100M
  • 2022: Spencer Strider, SP  6 years, $75M
  • 2023: Sean Murphy, C       6 years, $73M
  • 2022: Michael Harris II, OF  8 years, $72M
The Braves won the World Series in 2021, and are the leading contenders to take the crown in 2023, led by MVP-favorite Acuna Jr, and other newcomers who were not part of the '21 championship, Olson, Strider, Murphy and Harris. 

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