By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Milwaukee Brewers have officially re-signed outfielder Christian Yelich. He has signed a seven-year, $188.5 million deal.
This contract extension will kick in following the 2021 season. He is slated to make $12.5 million in 2020.
“He definitely deserves it,” Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain said to the Associated Press. “The guy’s definitely the best player on our team. He rakes. Like I said, he got a deserving contract for sure.”
His old deal also has a $14 million salary for the 2021 season. This new deal will now run through the 2028 season after beginning with the 2022 season.
At the tail end of this deal, he will have a $20 million mutual option for the 2029 season. If the Brewers — or another team if he is traded — elects not to pick up this option, he will receive $6.5 million in a buyout.
The deal will be worth $228.5 million if the 2029 option is exercised. Plus, this means that Yelich will play nearly the rest of his career with the Brewers barring a trade.
The deal will through his age-36 season. It’ll be his age-37 season should his option be exercised.
This is the largest deal for a player in Brewers history. Yelich has proven to be an MVP candidate when he has been healthy.
The 28-year-old Thousand Oaks, California native has spent the last two seasons with the Brewers. In his first season with the team in 2018, he won the MVP.
Yelich missed the latter part of the season following an injury. This caused him to finish second behind Los Angeles Dodgers star Corey Bellinger, who won the award in 2019.
Yelich had a .329 batting average with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs in 130 games. He also had 29 doubles and three triples on 161 hits in 489 at-bats, while also scoring 100 runs.
“Christian in his first two years here, you know he has done incredible things,” manager Craig Counsell said, “and I think he’s taken this challenge, and took a trade that was probably to a place that he wasn’t sure about at the outset of it and made the best of it and found a place that he really likes to play.”
In his seven-year career, he has a .301 batting average with 139 home runs and 500 RBIs in 920 games. He also has 209 doubles and 24 triples on 1,067 hits, while scoring 587 runs, in 3,541 at-bats.
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