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Friday, April 26, 2019

Reds analyst Chris Welsh offers apology over Ozzie Albies comment

Reds television analyst Chris Welsh caused an internet firestorm Wednesday night when he said this about Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies:

“It’s funny, I’ve read a lot about it, and I’ve read opinions on both sides. A lot of people are blaming the agent for letting him sign a deal like that. But Albies came from a very poor background, he’s from Curaçao, and when somebody offers you 35 million dollars – I mean, he may not know the difference between 35 million dollars and 85 million dollars. It’s going to have a tremendous positive effect on his family and himself. Maybe the people in his immediate family or extended family. It changes the lives of so many people.”

Albies signed a seven-year, $35 million contract on April 11. It was widely considered to be team friendly.

Sites like deadspin.com and awfulannouncing.com jumped on the story.

Wait- are any of you Chris Welsh under an assumed name? This sounds like arguments some of us made when the contract was announced.

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, ozzie albies, reds

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Braves Extend Ozzie Albies | MLBTR

It’s a seven-year deal that’ll promise Albies $35MM, per the New York Post’s Joel Sherman (Twitter links). The contract begins in 2019 and contains a pair of club options valued at $7MM, and each comes with a $4MM buyout. Technically speaking, Albies is promised six years and $34.425MM in new money, as he’d already been signed for a $575K salary this season. If the Braves pick up both options, they’ll owe Albies a total of 45MM over the next nine seasons — including what would have been four free-agent seasons.


 

 

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