Reds analyst apologizes to Braves' Albies for comments about contract


Cincinnati Reds analyst Chris Welsh apologized to Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies for criticizing his new contract during a television broadcast on Wednesday.

Welsh didn't disclose what he discussed with the 22-year-old All-Star, choosing to keep the conversation between the two, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

During the broadcast, Welsh questioned if Albies knew the difference between $35 million and $85 million.

The comment didn't sit well with fans, as many believed Welsh was suggesting Albies literally didn't understand the difference in value between the two amounts.

The Braves signed him to a seven-year, $35-million extension earlier this month, and the deal was criticized as one of the most team-friendly in MLB history. However, Albies revealed it wasn't all about the money, saying "I want my family to be safe."

Albies was hitting .276/.343/.429 with three home runs coming into Thursday's game against the Reds. He hit 24 round-trippers with 72 RBIs in his first full season in the majors in 2018.

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