MLB News: Braves' Michael Harris II Addresses His Contract Extension

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The Atlanta Braves have a 'sustainability plan' in motion and a clear future direction. Alex Anthopoulos has extended three players for at least eight years in the past six months, with rookie CF Michael Harris II as their latest signee.

Harris II has only made 71 appearances for the reigning World Series champions, yet it's already evident that he's poised for greatness and will be an integral part of their future.

It's Surreal, Says Haris

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Harris was a regular kid at Stockbridge High School just three years ago. Now, he's got an eight-year contract with the team he grew up rooting for:

“It’s surreal,” Harris told the media. “Just growing up being a fan of all the Atlanta teams, and to actually be here and have a deal in Atlanta where I don’t have to go anywhere. Being here my whole life, I don’t know how to feel, honestly, because it hasn’t really kicked in yet. But it’s just a blessing, and I want to thank the Braves and (chairman) Terry McGuirk and Alex for this opportunity.”

He'll Be There For The Long Run

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Harris will get $72 million guaranteed through the 2030 season, but he could make an extra $30 million if they exercise their options for the 2031 and 2032 campaigns. That just seems surreal for a guy that's been in the Majors for only three months:

“Yeah, I definitely never thought about the year 2030,” Harris said. “That’s far. I’m just glad to be able to stay here in Atlanta that long.”

The Braves Are High On Him

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Extending Harris' contract was a no-brainer for the Braves. Even manager Brian Snitker has been impressed by the way he handles himself on and off the field:

“(He) comes up here and has got no heartbeat,” Snitker said. “This guy’s playing baseball. And he’s just doing what he does, and it’s natural to him. Those throws and the defensive plays and everything. He’s just a very talented young man.

He's Always Ready

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Harris is also aware of how he handles his emotions. But as much as people may think he's unfazed, he's actually quite excited about the opportunity:

“I’m just the one person standing there, no emotion,” Harris said. “I don’t know, maybe I’ll notice it later, but I don’t really show emotions in the moment. I’m always going to feel great about it, but I might not show it.”

That's the calmness he's shown since getting to the Majors and why he'll be a star for years to come.