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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Atlanta Braves, Michael Harris II agree to 8-year, $72 million extension

The Atlanta Braves made another move Tuesday night to lock up their young core long term, agreeing to an eight-year, $72 million extension with outfielder Michael Harris II.

The deal for 21-year-old Harris runs through the 2030 season and includes team options for 2031 ($15 million) and 2032 ($20M).

Harris was the team’s top prospect entering the season, leading to a major league call-up in late May. The youngest player in the majors hasn’t missed a beat since, hitting .287 with 12 home runs, 13 steals and 39 RBI in 71 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 11:57 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Reynard Posted: August 17, 2022 at 01:27 AM (#6091994)
Seems a bit light for tossing 2 years of FA away and two options tossing 2 more away. But, the Braves seem to be pros at this stuff. I'd have at least asked for 2031 and 2032 to be serious money if I was the agent.
   2. The Duke Posted: August 17, 2022 at 09:04 AM (#6092008)
I don't know how the Braves do this time and again. It's a great deal for them. There's some downside of course since he's newly minted but I suspect even the downside case doesn't look that bad for the Braves
   3. Bowling Baseball Fan plays stupid games... Posted: August 17, 2022 at 10:01 AM (#6092012)
Andruw Jones' glove with the chance to be a really good hitter? Love all of it.
   4. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: August 17, 2022 at 10:01 AM (#6092013)
By my reckoning, the Braves have locked in five positions (1B, 2B, 3B, CF, RF) to long-term contracts. They don't have a long-term commitment yet to William Contreras at catcher, but you kind of figure he'll be the guy there moving forward. For better or worse (greatly to the better, I assume), they're largely locked in to the current squad.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 10:10 AM (#6092015)
Is his minuscule walk rate concerning at all or is just a 21-year old rookie learning big league pitching?
   6. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: August 17, 2022 at 11:17 AM (#6092020)
A little bit of both, I think? The plate discipline is a little uncomfortably Franceour-esque, and the BABIP is high, but elite defense and baserunning can carry him a long way even if the bat falls a fair bit.
   7. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 17, 2022 at 02:04 PM (#6092034)
"Lance Johnson with more range and power" is a pretty valuable player.
   8. Brian White Posted: August 17, 2022 at 08:43 PM (#6092088)
Seems a bit light for tossing 2 years of FA away and two options tossing 2 more away. But, the Braves seem to be pros at this stuff. I'd have at least asked for 2031 and 2032 to be serious money if I was the agent.


Dude is a looooooooooong ways away from making serious money if he's not signing a contract like this. This isn't Juan Soto nearing his arbitration years turning down a big contract - Harris will be at less than a year of service time at the end of this year. That's a long ways to get to a seven+ figure payday, and I doubt it's a bad idea for him to seek some guaranteed money.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 11:22 PM (#6092104)
Harris will be at less than a year of service time at the end of this year.


FWIW, if he finishes top two in ROY voting - and he would be on track to do so - he gets credited with a full year of service time.
   10. John Reynard Posted: August 18, 2022 at 01:57 AM (#6092114)
Dude is a looooooooooong ways away from making serious money if he's not signing a contract like this.


For a MLB player anymore, if you can stick in the big leagues, $72M isn't serious money anymore, thats the point. He signed an extension through 29 that underpays him from his mid-point expectation but overpays him if he hits about 30% expectation. OK, thats fair. The two team options years should be for more money though, or, there should be an opt out for Harris in there somewhere, even if its just one that tosses him back to arbitration.

I'm not saying he's going to be Soto. I'm saying he left a lot of money on the table unless he's a Singleton-type. From what I've seen so far, he doesn't seem that type remotely.

The Braves keep getting these Albies, Acuna, and now Harris deals and its a great deal for their fans/franchise. But, these are deals their agents should be trying to push up a bit. Riley's feels the closest to true value. But, perhaps, like Longoria, Acuna will play down to his pay rather than up to his early promise. I think Albies has already earned every cent of the deal locking up up through 2027 (unless he's not worth $7M a year, which is almost absurd, but possible).

Harris probably left a decent chunk of arbitration money on the table. The 2 years of FA + 2 option years make it a steal for the Braves. If they tossed him a big chunk of signing bonus up front, I mean, I guess I can see it. But, otherwise this is something the agent should at least work up more. If the Braves say "pound sand, we'll send you back to AAA, your agent says, OK, good luck with Conforto replacing him for 20x the immediate price and more risk."

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