The Milwaukee Brewers are officially announcing what was first repored earlier in the week — Christian Yelich will likely be a Milwaukee Brewer for the remainder of his career.
The team officially announced the former MVP’s new 9-year contract today, just ahead of a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Central time.
2018 NL MVP and two-time reigning NL batting champion @ChristianYelich has officially agreed to a 9-year contract through the 2028 season with a mutual option for 2029.#ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/F4txNVasDE— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 6, 2020
Jon Heyman reported the initial details, including a $26 million per year salary during a bulk of the deal, from 2022 to 2028, but what we didn’t know until now is whether there were any other caveats to the new contract — after all, Rockies fans were similarly excited when Colorado extended Nolan Arenado, only to find out that the opt-outs in that deal came early.
It turns out Brewers fans don’t have to worry about that, because with the provisions being reported today, it’s safe to say Yelich will be a “Brewer for life” — Tom Haudricourt says Yelich will get a full no-trade clause as part of his deal (something that would have kicked in anyway due to the 10-and-5 rights he would gain during the course of the contract), and Yelich did not ask for any opt-outs.
The nine-year agreement between #Brewers and Christian Yelich represents a full commitment by both sides. He asked for no opt-outs and the team put in a full no-trade.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 6, 2020
That means we can count on Yelich being a Brewer for nearly the next decade.
The start of the press conference announcing the deal is being delayed for a few minutes, as Yelich quite literally just signed the deal minutes ago, according to the team’s Instagram story.