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Breaking News: Atlanta Braves agree to extend Ronald Acuna Jr's contract to 8 years $100 million

This is obviously a great deal for both sides in baseball's current economic situation. The Atlanta Braves get their superstar outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr for an extra four years of control.  $124 million for basically the next decade is a bargain for the Braves franchise.  Just doing the quick math that's $12.4 million per season for Acuna who is going to put up MVP numbers for the next decade through his prime years.  You can't beat that when superstars like Trout, Machado and Harper are all making over $30 million per season.

It's also a great deal for Acuna as it gives him security and all the money is guaranteed.  Currently he was making $550K per season so a bump of salary to over $12 million is nothing to sneeze at. 

Most importantly it keeps Acuna in Atlanta for the next decade.  The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is a legit 5-tool player who has the makings of a young Griffey Jr and dare I say Trout at 21 years young.

I've been vocal about Braves ownership Liberty Media being cheap this past offseason and I still stick with my opinion but it is good to see them extend their young stars early.  They did it with Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, Andrelton Simmons, and Craig Kimbrel in the past and hopefully they build the team around Acuna now like they were suppose to with Freeman 5 years ago.

Acuna should be batting at the top of the Braves order for at least the next decade and that alone should bring a smile to all Braves fans.  Acuna's contract also gives the Braves plenty of "financial flexibility" to go get another starter (Dallas Keuchel) or relief arm (Craig Kimbrel) without breaking the Liberty Media bank.

Chop on and Acuna Matata Bitches!

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Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos discusses Jose Bautista's start for the 1st place Braves

Not gonna lie here.  I'm not a huge fan at all of this move.  The Atlanta Braves are currently kicking ass after sweeping the New York Mets on the road and are back home finally after a long road trip which sees them in 1st place in the NL East.  The clubhouse chemistry is great right now with young studs (Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr., Mike Sorotka, etc.) mixed in with the vets (Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, Kurt Suzuki, etc.) and all of a sudden you want to throw in Joey Bats to the mix?
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Coming to a ballpark near you this spring is the greatest show we simply call "OZZIE FEST."  This helmet flying, slugging, diving, high fiving, scoring and hitting machine has taken over this spring.  Show your love for Atlanta's #1 tomahawk chopping young phenom with this original OZZIE FEST t-shirt.



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Watch Ronald Acuna Jr. First Big League Home Run

🚨🚨 TAPE MEASURE SHOT FOR THE PHENOM 🚨🚨@Braves prospect Ronald Acuña Jr. hits his first career home run 416 feet into the second deck. Welcome to the future.#Braves | #ChopOn

— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 26, 2018

Atlanta Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. hit the first homer of his career in his second game, leading off the second inning against the Reds with a long blast to left field.  I think that ball would have landed in Kentucky if the Braves fan didn't catch it in the upper deck.  Absolutely smoked it.  The first of many home runs to come for King Acuna Matata.

As soon as Acuna swung my eyes got real wide...


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Watch Ronald Acuna Jr's First Spring Training HR, A Rocket to Right Center

MLB's #1 prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. made his presence known early vs the Yankees with this absolute Hiroshima bomb off of Masahiro Tanaka. Acuna Jr is batting in the 5 hole today and is 2-2 so far with a stolen base following yesterday's 2-4 with 2 RBIs and a stolen base performance in the leadoff spot. The Braves won't start Acuna Jr on Opening Day because they are cheap and would rather delay his free agency 7 years down the road but this dude better be up in Atlanta fast. He's too damn good to keep in the minors and I would love to see him plugged in at the 2 hole behind Ender Inciarte with Freddie Freeman providing protection.




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Top MLB Prospect Ronald Acuna arrives early to Braves Spring Training hoping to make the Opening Day roster

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Freddie Freeman Sets Atlanta Braves record with this SunTrust Park Fountain HR

If you are a Braves fan this was the one highlight from last night's rout by the hands of Bryce Harper and the Nationals losing 14-4.

Freddie Freeman set an Atlanta Braves franchise record by reaching base for the 12th consecutive time by hitting a solo shot into the SunTrust Park fountain just beyond the centerfield fence.

Freeman's 6th home run of the year kept his scorching hot bat going where his OPS is at a ridiculous 1.453 while he leads the majors in batting average at .440 and on base percentage at .533.  Even with Freeman's 6 HRs, 4 doubles and 1 triple he only has 8, yes 8 RBIs, batting 3rd in the lineup.

Why only 8 RBIs?  Because the man batting in the 2 spot aka Dansby Swanson has been horrible the first two weeks of the season (155 OBP) and simply can't get on base to set the table for MVFreeman.
Brian Snitker gets paid handsomely to manage the Braves albeit only a one year contract so he needs to do the right thing and drop Dansby in the order while either putting either Nick Markakis (367 OBP) or Brandon Phillips (362 OBP) in the 2 spot in front of Freeman.  It's an absolute crime for Freeman to only have 8 RBIs.

With Matt Kemp coming off the 10-day DL today my hope would be the top of the order will be:

1) Ender Inciarte (started slow but slowly heating up)
2) Brandon Phillips
3) Freddie Freeman
4) Matt Kemp
5) Nick Markakis

Roll with this lineup for at least a week while dropping Dansby to 7 or 8 in the lineup and see where your chips fall.

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