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Milwaukee Brewers, Christian Yelich nearing nine-year, $215 million contract extension, per report

After ascending to MVP-levels in Milwaukee, Yelich appears to be staying in town long-term.

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According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers and Christian Yelich are on the verge of agreeing to a long-term contract extension that would make the 2018 National League MVP one of the highest paid players in baseball. Per Rosenthal:

The Brewers are close to agreement with Yelich on a new contract worth more than $200 million, major-league sources told The Athletic on Tuesday. The deal, likely to be for seven years, is expected to be announced Friday at the team’s spring-training facility in Maryvale, Arizona.

Ken goes on to say that it is not yet clear if this deal will supersede Yelich’s current contract, which runs through 2022 (including the team option year), or if it will begin after the current agreement expires. Yelich is slated to earn $12.5 mil this year, $14 mil in 2021, with a $15 mil option for 2022 under the terms of his current contract.

Yelich’s new deal would pay him in upwards of $30-$35 mil annually. Since being aqcuired from the Marlins prior to the 2018 season, Yelich has established himself as one of the premiere players in all of baseball. He has won back-to-back batting titles, hitting a combined .327/.415/.631 with 80 home runs and 52 steals in 277 games with Milwaukee. Yelich won the 2018 MVP award and was runner-up to Cody Bellinger in voting on the Senior Circuit last season.


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