Considering they offered Albies 1/3 of what they offered Acuna, it certainly appears that the Braves are motivated less by paying in proportion to expected future performance and more by taking advantage of a player's relative desperation.
Or Acuna won Rookie of the Year, is widely viewed as a generational talent and had a second half last year that would be fitting on the 2017 Twins.
Ozzie hit a bunch of home runs in the first half last year and got on the All-Star team in large part because of those home runs (as he had a rough OBP and was walking just 4% of the time. He then followed that with a .226/.282/.342 second half, along with going 3/15 in the postseason series. While Ozzie is a dynamic young player with explosive energy, he's also a guy who shattered his elbow just swinging the bat in 2015.
They're best friends, from a similar part of the world, but they aren't equal players, and to pretend like they are is disingenuous at best.