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.
Reigning MVP Christian Yelich Off to Historic Start
About 13 months ago, the following would have been an outlandish statement.
Christian Yelich is the best player in baseball not named Mike Trout.
Yelich is currently off to one of the hottest starts in MLB history after winning the MVP last year. Tonight Yelich hit two home runs, bringing his season-total to 13 and putting him one away from making history.
Yelich’s current tear actually goes back to last season, when he put up a masterful second half that saw him hit 25 home runs and drive in 67 runs.
Now just 22 games into the season, Yelich is playing as good if not better than he did as the MVP last year.
Yelich is currently hitting .361 with 13 home runs and 31 RBI. Yelich was in the conversation to win a Triple Crown last year and he will be again this year if he continues this kind of production.
No one could have ever predicted this when he was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Brewers last year, but Christian Yelich has playing like the best player in baseball for over a year now.
It’s safe to say the Brewers are happy with that trade.
Albert Pujols Ties Babe Ruth For Career RBI
Anytime when your name is mentioned in the same breath as a legend like Babe Ruth, you know you have accomplished something special.
This was the case for Albert Pujols tonight, as the slugger matched Ruth for his career runs batted in.
Pujols moved into fifth place on the all-time career RBI list after securing his 1,992 RBI to tie Ruth. He is now just a handful of RBI away from passing Lou Gehrig and Barry Bonds on that list as well.
With three more seasons left on his contract, health is the only thing that stands in Pujols’ way from climbing up to at least second-most career RBI behind just Hank Aaron.
Sometimes we do not give Pujols the credit that he deserves as one of the greatest hitters to ever play in the MLB.
As he continues to ascend in the record books, its hard to ignore the prolonged excellence that has been the career of Albert Pujols.
VIDEO: Blue Jays Shortstop Freddy Galvis Makes Unreal Barehanded Catch
We are only a few weeks into the MLB season, but we may already have the catch of the year.
In today’s game against the Oakland Athletics, Blue Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis made a barehanded catch that you need to see to believe.
There are not many guys who would even have the presence of mind to use their bare-hand to make a catch, much less actually pull it off.
While Galvis barehanded catch was spectacular to watch, it still was not quite the most impressive barehanded catch of all-time.
Instead that honor still belongs to David Wright, for the barehanded catch he made over a decade ago.
Still, Galvis definitely set a new bar for the top catch of the year and one of the better catches you will ever see on a baseball diamond.
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