It’s not the contract extension Braves fans have been praying every night for, but Alex Anthopoulos did make a very wise decision today by extending catcher Travis d’Arnaud through the 2023 season.
The Braves have signed C Travis d’Arnaud to a two-year extension worth $16 million. D’Arnaud will make $8 million in each year of the deal, which includes a $8 million club option for 2024 with no buyout.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 20, 2021
Just like d’Arnaud’s last contract, it is for two years and $16 million. However, this contract also comes with a team friendly third-year option for another $8 million with no buyout.
The Braves have two very talented catchers working their way up the farm. I expect William Contreras to begin next season in Atlanta, but bringing d’Arnaud back will allow Contreras to ease into things. Shea Langeliers is also crushing it in AA Mississippi. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was called up to Gwinnett any day now.
However, this trade ensures catcher will not be an issue for the foreseeable future, which should be music to the ears of Braves fans considering how bad they have been behind the plate this season. It also allows them to take their time with their top prospects, which is critical, especially at such a vital position like catcher.
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