August 13, 2022

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Braves sign MVP candidate Riley to 10-year deal

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The Braves made sure their MVP candidate will be in Atlanta for the long haul. The club signed third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million deal on Monday.

Riley will make $15 million in 2023, $21 million in 2024, and $22 million over the remainder of the deal, which runs through 2032 and includes a $20 million club option for 2033.

The 25-year-old Riley is hitting .301 with 29 home runs, 68 RBIs and a .964 OPS in 101 games this season. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound third baseman was named to his first All-Star team this season, and is leading the Major Leagues with 61 extra-base hits, while his OPS ranks sixth and his home run total ranks fourth. He finished July with 26 extra-base hits, the most ever by a Braves player in a calendar month and breaking Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron’s previous record set in 1961 by one. He also hit .423 with 11 home runs in July, joining Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones as the only Braves players to hit .400 with double-digit home runs in a single month.

Last season, Riley finished seventh in the NL MVP award voting after hitting .303 with 33 home runs and 107 RBI. He also won his first Silver Slugger Award and was named to the All-MLB First Team. In the postseason, he hit two home runs, delivered a walk-off single in Game 1 of the NLCS vs. Los Angeles (NL), and hit .320 (8-for-25) in the World Series with three RBI to help the Braves capture the team’s fourth World Series title.

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