BREAKING: Yelich, Brewers Reach Extension

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Good news for Milwaukee fans, it looks like OF Christian Yelich and the Brewers are nearing an extension.

First reported by Ken Rosenthal, both sides have reached an acceptable deal. The deal is worth well over $200M for seven years. Yelich currently has two years left on his current contract, so the deal will cover nine years total.

Having done nothing but improve since joining the team, Yelich appears to be the next face of the Brewers. The team shed a lot of payroll this winter, clearing the way for the extension. With Ryan Braun aging and winding down his career, Yelich has become Milwaukee’s go-to guy.

Yelich has become a fan-favorite from the minute the Brewers received him from the Marlins. While Florida was originally pleased with the deal that sent Yelich up north, you’d have to think that they’re second-guessing that right about now.

Good For All Parties

During his two seasons in Milwaukee, Yelich has slashed .327/.415/.631 with an OPS of 1.046. Yelich is a 2x All-Star with Milwaukee, finished as the league’s MVP in 2018 and finished second in MVP voting last year. He has also earned two Silver Slugger Awards in Milwaukee.

This extension is quite the move for a small-market team like the Brewers, especially after ownership reported an operating loss for 2019. The extension is good for Yelich, and it’s good for Milwaukee, as they’ve finally started making the playoff scene.

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Ken Allison is the senior of two MLB Department Heads, as well as a writer and editor for Overtime Heroics. A life-long MLB fan, he's also written for CubsHQ and had the opportunity to try out for the Chicago Cubs in 1986.