Albies had just signed a one-year contract that gave him $575,000, which is $20,000 over the league minimum. He is aware of how friendly this contract is to the team, but explained it as "if I left it on the table, it's good that now I know I can get it then, coming back." He will receive just $1 million in each of the next two seasons, and it will get no larger than $7 million in annual salary.
The All-Star second baseman would have been eligible for arbitration after the 2020 season, and for free agency after the 2023 campaign. In 11 games so far, Albies is batting .364 with one home run and two RBIs, just one season after hitting .261 with 40 doubles, 24 home runs, 72 RBIs, 14 steals, and 105 runs scored. This deal comes just nine days after Ronald Acuna Jr. was locked in by the Braves with an eight-year, $100 million contract. This almost guarantees that the next decade will be full of plenty contending Atlanta baseball teams.