Michael Harris II, Braves negotiate contract extension
Usually, a rookie baseball player isn’t given the kind of contract quarterback Michael Harris II is looking for from Atlanta Braves. With that said, it’s not usually a player like Harris that shows up in the first place, so he was well-deserved for an early commitment from Atlanta.
The highlight around Harris and the Braves is that the two are “in deep discussions” about an eight-year deal. Here it is, according to MLB insider Robert Murray on Twitter:
Veteran MLB reporter Jon Heyman also had the news, and he also attached a number to the potential new deal.
That’s a ton of money for a 21-year-old soccer player, but the Braves don’t mind paying to lock up their young stars. For example, Ronald Acuna Jr signed an eight-year, $100 million contract before he had a full five-year stint as an MLB player.
Harris, who plays in the off-court area, was given the 98th pick by the Braves in the 2019 MLB draft and has been very special for Atlanta this season. So special that he got promoted straight from Double-A ball.
Yes, the Braves skipped Harris just ahead of Triple-A, but he is beating an impressive .287 / .325/.500 with 12 home runs, 14 doubles and two triples out of 268 into the field. He is also the 13th out of 13 steals on the grassroots roads.