ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie outfielder Michael Harris II, whose early-season promotion boosted the Atlanta Braves’ hopes for another championship run, has signed an eight-year, $72 million contract to stay with hometown team.

The Braves announced the deal Tuesday night.

The deal covers the 2030 season and includes a $15 million team option for 2031 and a $20 million team option for 2032. Each option year comes with a $5 million buyout. dollars. If both option years are activated, the total contract value would be $102 million over 10 years.

Harris, 21, became one of the National League’s top rookies as an offensive and defensive star for the defending World Series champion Braves.

Harris is hitting .287 with 12 home runs, 13 stolen bases and 39 RBIs in 71 games after making his major league debut on May 28. He also provided solid defense in center field.

Harris is the youngest player in the majors and leads all qualified rookies with an .825 OPS.

Harris joins third baseman Austin Riley, outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., first baseman Matt Olson and second baseman Ozzie Albies as Atlanta players whose long-term contracts include play options. team which will continue until the 2027 season or more.

Harris will earn $5 million in 2023 and 2024, $8 million in 2025 and 2026, $9 million in 2027, $10 million in 2028 and 2029, and $12 million in 2030.

Harris was born in DeKalb County, Georgia, and drafted by the Braves at Stockbridge High School, south of Atlanta.

He was named National League Rookie of the Month for June.


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