Braves third baseman Austin Riley signed a 10-year, $212 million contract extension on Monday. Jul 31, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (27) celebrates after a game-winning RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Third baseman Austin Riley has been one of the best hitters on the Atlanta Braves for the last two seasons. He’s hit .302/.364/.560 with 62 home runs over the last two years. On Monday, he got rewarded financially for his hitting prowess.

The Braves announced on Monday that Riley had signed a 10-year deal worth $212 million. The deal will run through 2032 and has a $20 million club option for the 2023 season.

While activity around the trade deadline is getting most of the attention around the MLB world, Riley’s massive extension also drew a big reaction.

September was indeed an incredible month for Riley. He hit a staggering .423/.460/.885 with 11 home runs. He was having a decent season to that point, hitting .257/.326/.503 with 18 home runs. Coming out of August, though, Riley had a slash line of .301/.360/.604 for the season with 29 home runs this year. As the numbers would suggest, he’s a legitimate MVP candidate in the National League.

What’s even better for the Braves and their fans is that Riley is only 25. For the most part, power hitters tend to peak in their late-20s and early-30s. So, as good as Riley has been so far, the best may be yet to come. Also, as power tends to be one of the last skills to leave players, the forecast is good for him to be a valuable hitter throughout the contract.

[Atlanta Braves]

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