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The Braves became the target of many people’s earlier this month when they signed Ozzie Albies to a seven-year, $ 35 million contract extension that will, if Albies turns into the child of the player he looks destined to become, go down as one of the most appallingly team-friendly contracts in baseball history. Plenty of stories about why Albies decided to move into a below-market deal as early as his career had been floated, but none had been worse than Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh’s.
Reds and Braves, Welsh implied that Albies could have signed the extension because he is too poor and uneducated to know the difference between $ 35 million and $ 85 million:
It’s unclear what would make Welsh think this about Albies (who speaks four languages) , other than the fact that he is from Curaçao. Aside from this being a assumption to make, it’s not even a necessary one. Albies has already explained why he took the early extension:
Prizing immediate financial security and interpersonal relationships over potential long-term earnings is a perfectly reasonable decision to make. There is no reason to think anyone making a decision is too stupid to understand the difference between two large numbers.