Another exciting, young National League East center fielder has been locked up to a long-term deal. The Braves agreed to a five-year, $30.525 million contract with center fielder Ender Inciarte on Friday. Inciarte's deal also includes a club option for a sixth year. A source told MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal that Inciarte will receive a $3.5 million signing bonus, and that the option will be for $9 million with a $1.025 million buyout.
"We are thrilled to announce an extension for Ender," Braves general manager John Coppolella said in a release. "We feel that he's the best defensive center fielder in baseball and one of the best leadoff hitters in the game. Ender brings so much to our club, on and off the field, and we are happy to have him under club control for at least the next six years." Inciarte was acquired from the D-backs last offseason in the trade for Shelby Miller that also landed the Braves Dansby Swanson -- a deal that now looks like a huge win for Atlanta. In his first season with the Braves, the 26-year-old batted .291 with three home runs, 29 RBIs and 16 stolen bases and won an NL Gold Glove Award in center field. Inciarte ranked second among NL center fielders with 13 Defensive Runs Saved and an 11.6 Ultimate Zone Rating, behind only the Reds' Billy Hamilton in both categories. Inciarte's deal comes just over a week after the Phillies signed their breakout center fielder, 24-year-old Odubel Herrera, to a five-year, $30.5 million contract of his own.David Adler /MLB.com