Ronald Acuna Jr., the Atlanta Braves’ superstar left fielder, recently was among the major league ballplayers to sign a hefty extension during the early beginning of the 2019 season. Acuna signed a $100 million contract that spans over eight years with two options for the 2027 and 2028 seasons for a potential total of $124 million over 10 years.
A lot of people are saying that Acuna is going to out-perform this contract this year and basically every year going forward, and they could be right, but it’s still $100 million over eight years. That works out to $12.5 million a year for eight years and $12 million on both team option years.
That is a hell of a lot of money for someone who is 20 years old and now no longer has to deal with arbitration. Acuna will hit free agency at his age-30 season which is when most productive ballplayers get fuck-you-money contracts anyway.
The Braves look like the real deal this year so if Acuna wants more playoff appearances and possibly a World Series ring then taking this $100 million over eight-year contract was just the right thing to do. It’s not all about money. Sometimes it’s just about winning.