Well folks, the stove is finally cooking now:
Christian Yelich traded to #Brewers, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 25, 2018
Yelich, 26, is under team control for another five seasons and is a career .290/.369/.432 hitter with 59 home runs and 72 stolen bases across 2812 MLB plate appearances with the Miami Marlins.
In return for the star, the Marlins will reportedly receive a package involving #1 Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson, among other players.
We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.
Can confirm: Christian Yelich traded by the Marlins to Brewers for prospects.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) January 25, 2018
Marlins get Brinson and Diaz— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2018
Acquisition of Yelich does NOT necessarily rule out the #Brewers on free-agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain. Brewers have been on Cain the entire off-season, and might be plotting a major push.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 25, 2018
The deal is official:
The Brewers gave up their #1, #3, and #6 prospects according to Baseball Prospectus in Brinson, Harrison, and Diaz. Yamamoto is an undersized right-hander who won the Carolina League ERA title last season and has been getting ranked in the #20-25 range within Milwaukee’s system. It looks like Milwaukee gave up a significant haul for Yelich, who is a proven commodity and star-caliber producer at the MLB. David Stearns talks about getting young, controllable talent, and that’s what Yelich is.
We’ll have to wait and see if this move winds up being the start of a chain reaction of events surrounding our beloved local nine, but we can now say one thing for sure:
THE REBUILD IS OVER.
David Stearns from the Brewers' news release announcing the trade: pic.twitter.com/Vv1aUF4rKt— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 25, 2018
Marlins already conducted a conference call about the trade, and this quote from president of baseball ops Michael Hill suggests the Brewers upped their offer today to get a deal done: pic.twitter.com/L8AgcOQQIZ— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 25, 2018
Again there were like 20-25 teams in on Yelich. Only Brewers and Blue Jays made a dent. All other teams not close. Two team race in the end.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) January 25, 2018
Stearns on where Yelich will play in OF: "That's too be determined."— Tom (@Haudricourt) January 25, 2018
More moves coming to clear up the Brewers' OF picture? "It's certainly possible that there will be additional moves in the coming weeks or months, but not a certainty," Stearns said.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 25, 2018