The Braves continue to do the unimaginable, staching their core long-term!

If the deal maxes out, it buys out 2 free agent years and totals $92MM. Unlike previous extensions with Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr., Austin Riley, Michael Harris II, Orlando Arcia, Travis d’Arnaud, Charlie Morton and Matt Olson, this has a fairly significant amount of risk as Strider has already undergone Tommy John Surgery. As someone that has watched his training videos and the amount of work he puts into his lower half, I’m not too concerned with his elbow as his delivery and arm mechanics look effortless even when coming in hot at 100.

This deal marks the 10th core player that will be locked up, at minimum, through 2026. Those players:

The most wonderful part of the above tweet is the future is actually so much brighter than just those 10 as most of the active roster is locked up for awhile.

  1. Charlie Morton through 2023 with a club option for 2024
  2. Raisel Iglesias through 2025
  3. Eddie Rosario through 2023 with a club option
  4. Travis d’Arnaud through 2023 with a club option
  5. Max Fried through 2024
  6. Collin McHugh through 2023 with a club option
  7. Manny Pina through 2023 with a club option
  8. A.J. Minter through 2024
  9. Orlando Arcia through 2023 with a club option
  10. Tyler Matzek through 2024
  11. Kirby Yates through 2023 with a club option
  12. Dylan Lee through 2025 or 2026
  13. Jackson Stephens through 2026
  14. Ian Anderson through 2026
  15. Huascar Ynoa through 2026
  16. Kyle Muller through 2026 or 2027
  17. Bryce Elder through 2027 or 2028

So, the Braves are already past the point of building a 26-man roster by combining the 2 lists. Sure, AA is probably not wanting to run Orlando Arcia or Vaughn Grissom as everyday shortstops, but they could. There’s also plenty there to build an above average rotation and bullpen. That’s frickin’ nuts!

Calling Dansby Swanson and Max Fried!

At this point, many are wondering where the calls are for both Dansby Swanson and Max Fried and I think the proof is in the pudding. I cannot imagine Anthopoulos has went without reaching out to their agents. With 6 stars already reaching deals, they’ve surely been approached and maybe it happens before the season is over, or maybe both want to test free agency. Time will tell, but holy hell, what an amazing time to be a fan of this franchise.