Atlanta Braves: Spencer Strider hits the jackpot

Atlanta Braves: Spencer Strider hits the jackpot

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The Atlanta Braves awarded pitcher Spencer Strider a six-year contract extension worth a total of $75 million on Monday.

The club Georgia also said the deal includes an extra-year option that would net the 23-year-old Gunner an additional $22 million.

In 2022, his first full season in major league baseball , Strider went 11-5 with a 2.67 points-against average. He also had 202 strikeouts.

The fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft became the first pitcher in major league history to pass more than 200 opponents in the mitt allowing less than 100 hits.

“My goal is always to exceed expectations,” the Columbus native told Major League Baseball. No one has bigger aspirations for his performance than me. This way, I don't feel any pressure. I expect to exceed expectations with every contract I sign in my career.”

The Braves will be in action in the Major League Baseball playoffs this Tuesday as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies. They're hoping to secure the services of Strider, who hasn't played since sustaining an oblique muscle injury two weeks from the end of the regular season.

From the start of the year, the Atlanta team also signed lucrative deals with young stars Austin Riley, Michael Harris II and Matt Olson.

“I'm excited to know that I'll be reuniting with these guys in the locker room and that we can continue what we have started,” concluded Strider.