Christian Yelich + Milwaukee = True Love 4Eva
The numbers and details are still a bit fuzzy, but Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly agreed to stay together through the end of 2028 (or even 2029, depending on the option). The team is expected to announce the final details sometime today.
Yelich, 28, has been playing with the Brewers based on the seven-year, $49.6 million deal he signed with the Marlins in 2015, and this new deal is expected to eliminate the $15 million club option for the 2022 season. Under his deal with Miami, he was slated to make $12.5 million for 2020 and $14 million for 2021. The average he’ll make over the additional seven years with Milwaukee will be about $27 million per year. So the total of this deal is expected to be about nine years/$215 million. Ka. Freaking. Ching.
Yelich, the NL MVP in 2018, had a fantastic 2019. Despite his season being cut short after breaking his kneecap, he managed to finish with a slash of .329/.429/.671, hit 44 homers, amassed 97 RBI and 30 stolen bases. His .671 slugging and 1.100 OPS led all of the majors, he finished second in NL MVP voting, and won his third Silver Slugger.
The Brewers have made the post season both years that they’ve had Yelich thus far – losing the NLCS to the Dodgers in 2018 and losing the NL Wild Card to the World Champion Nationals in 2019. They’ve never won the World Series, and are hoping that Yelich will be the one to lead them to the last game of the season. Ryan Braun was supposed to be that guy, but after his cheating scandal/suspension he has never quite lived up to that expectation. Here’s hoping that Yelich will be the one to finally hoist that trophy (er.. piece of metal according to Rob Manfred) in Milwaukee.