Christian Yelich has been one of the better players in baseball since being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers before the 2018 season, winning the National League MVP award in 2018 and then finishing second for the award last season, despite missing 32 games.
Now, the team is going to ink him to a long-term contract extension. News of the deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Then, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the terms of the deal.
The deal will take Yelich through the 2028 season and there is a mutual option for the 2029 season. The contract will pay him “in the neighborhood” of $215 million throughout. This new contract also eliminates a 2022 club option.
This is a good deal for both sides. Yelich clearly wanted long-term security, which is why he took this deal, and the team is locking up their franchise player and showing potential free agents, along with fans that they are serious about building around Yelich.
Of course, these deals usually look bad by the end of them, but with Yelich having just turned 28-years old in December, it has the potential to not look bad by the end of it, as long as Yelich can stay healthy and the team can continue to put good players around him.
The superstar outfielder is coming off of back-to-back National League batting titles with 80 home runs and 207 RBIs during his time in Milwaukee. He has also led the National League in slugging percentage and OPS the last two seasons, along with leading in on-base percentage this past season.
On top of being one of the elite offensive players in the league, Yelich is coming off of a season where he stole 30 bases. The only “weakness” that could be pointed out in Yelich’s game is his defense. This sounds funny to say because he’s at least an average defender in terms of his defensive metrics. He doesn’t really have one position that he’s best at because that has tended to change each season, but overall he’s not a liability. But compared to his offense, his defense is a weakness.
Yelich has been the face of the franchise since he was traded from Miami to Milwaukee, and he appears to have taken a liking to being the guy in Milwaukee. That’s a good thing for him and the franchise because he’s not going anywhere soon.
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