You may not have heard of him, but Ozzie Albies is one of the best young players in baseball.
The 22-year-old second baseman was an All-Star in his first full season last year, hitting .261 with 24 home runs, 72 RBI and 13 steals.
After today, Albies will be a Brave long-term, as he just signed a seven-year contract extension.
This new contract is being widely panned across baseball, with Albies getting way less than his market value would have indicated.
Albies obviously wanted the security of a long-term deal but at what cost?
This is where a player’s agent has to protect them and let them know what they are worth.
For comparison, his teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. just signed a deal that was one year longer than Albies, but worth $65 million more. Acuna is a better player than Albies, just not three times better as their contracts indicate.
Someone needs to call Ozzie Albies agent and tell him he is fired, because that deal is just terrible.
David Ortiz Shot in Dominican Republic, Expected to Make Full Recovery
David “Big Papi” Ortiz is an icon in the baseball world, that has really transcended the game in so many way. That is why last night it was so stunning to learn that he had been shot in his native country of the Dominican Republic.
Fortunately all reports indicate that Ortiz will make a full recovery from his injuries, but the baseball community has galvanized around one of their most iconic players with an outpouring of love and support.
Ortiz is a hero in Boston for delivering three World Series championships across his 16 years spent with the club. Those championships included two World Series MVPs for Big Papi, as he was one of the most clutch performers in the history of the postseason.
Because of his playing career and his larger than life personality, Ortiz is a hero in his home country of Dominican Republic.
When he was shot at a local bar last night, the assailant could not get away as locals immediately fought back against him to defend their hero.
After the crowd beat up the shooter, they turned him over to the authorities. It is unclear what the motive to attack Ortiz was and police cannot continue their investigation until the suspect recovers from his injuries.
Ortiz is one his way back to the United States, as the Red Sox sent him a plane to return to Boston for further treatment.
Everyone is praying for a full recovery and many more years with Big Papi around the game.
Free Agent Kyrie Irving ‘Serious’ About Signing with the Nets
The Kyrie Irving free agency sweepstakes are almost in full swing, as the All-Star point guard hits the open market for the first time.
While Irving has been relatively successful playing for the Boston Celtics, it seems more likely than not that Irving will be wearing a new jersey next year.
It has long been rumored that the New York native would want to return home and play in Madison Square Garden for the Knicks. But reports now indicate that Irving may be setting up shop in the Barclays Center instead.
While New York is always considered a Knicks town, last year the Nets were absolutely the cities best team.
Brooklyn went 42-40, clinching the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. They then beat the Philadelphia 76ers on the road in Game 1 of the playoffs, before eventually losing the series in five games.
The Nets are clearly going all-in on this opportunity to add an NBA champion, as they made a big trade yesterday to clear cap space.
By trading Allen Crabbe’s $18.5 million contract to the Hawks, Brooklyn now has the cap space to sign two max free agents.
If they can somehow convince Irving and another max free agent to sign, then Brooklyn would become a powerhouse in the East.
Closer Craig Kimbrel Signs with the Chicago Cubs
After missing nearly half the season as he waited to be signed, Craig Kimbrel finally has a new home, as it was announced that he has been signed by the Cubs.
Throughout his nine-year career, Kimbrel has been one of the best closers in baseball. Kimbrel has 333 career saves and a 1.91 ERA. He has led the league in saves four times and is coming off a World Series win with the Red Sox last season.
He will immediately boost the Cubs bullpen for this year’s playoff push, as Chicago sits in first place in the NL Central.
Kimbrel will be in Chicago past this season though, as he signed a three-year deal with $43 million.
It is unfortunate that Kimbrel had to wait so long to be signed, but at least we finally get to see the All-Star closer back on the mound again.
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