Braves sign Spencer Strider to six-year, $75 million extension

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The Atlanta Braves have yet again reached a long-term deal with one of their rising, young stars.

The team announced on Monday that it had agreed to a six-year, $75 million contract extension with 23-year-old starting pitcher Spencer Strider. The deal also includes a club option for $22 million that would lock him up through the 2029 season with a $5 million buyout.

The deal buys out the remaining arbitration years for Strider and potentially a year of free agency.

The right-hander is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he finished 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 0.99 WHIP while striking out 202 batters over 131.2 innings pitched. He is just the third rookie in franchise history to strikeout 200 batters in a season while his 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings are the highest by a rookie pitcher in MLB history.

Strider’s season puts him in good position for NL Rookie of the Year, unless his teammate, outfielder Michael Harris, takes the honors instead.

Strider is currently recovering from an oblique injury but the Braves are hopeful he will be available for their upcoming NLDS series against the Philadelphia Phillies, which begins on Tuesday.

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