When Ronald Acuña Jr. is earning $17 million per year in his prime, the Atlanta Braves may have one of baseball's best bargains.

From the perspective of Acuña, that possibility isn't a concern. At 21, he is the youngest player to land a $100 million deal and he said he has no regrets about gaining that security so early in his career.

Acuña and the Braves agreed to a $100 million, eight-year contract on Tuesday, the largest deal for a player under club control with less than one year of major league service.

The NL Rookie of the Year, Acuña agreed to a deal with two team options that, if exercised, would raise the value to $124 million over 10 years.

"No, I have no regrets," Acuña said through a translator. "No one can see the future. No one knows what's going to happen tomorrow, so I'm extremely happy with the decision we've all made and I'm just excited to be here."

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Acuña and the team shared equal interest in the long-term deal.

Anthopoulos said he felt more confident about extending the big offer after seeing Acuña retain his work ethic following his 2018 success.

 

Blue Jays retool

The Blue Jays said goodbye to Kevin Pillar while giving a long-term deal to Randal Grichuk.

Pillar was traded by the veteran-shedding Blue Jays to the San Francisco Giants for infielder Alen Hanson, right-hander Derek Law and minor league pitcher Juan De Paula.

Toronto also acquired outfielder Socrates Brito from San Diego for Class A outfielder Rodrigo Orozco, then announced a $52 million, five-year agreement with Grichuk, an outfielder who had been eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

"The offense has always stood out," Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said of Grichuk. "He's always performed. He's always hit the ball hard. He's always hit it far, and usually it goes over the fence at a pretty good rate. In our view, he's been an above average defender, and those are hard things to piece together."

 

Robinson honored

The former Dodgertown spring training camp in Florida will be named the Jackie Robinson Training Complex and be used for Major League Baseball's amateur development initiatives.

Then based in Brooklyn, the Dodgers started training in Vero Beach in 1948. The franchise moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season but kept spring training at Vero Beach through 2008. The team shifted to Glendale, Ariz., the following year.

MLB took operating control of the complex on Jan. 2 and intends to build an indoor training facility. The sport is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947.