MLB Rumors: Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms on a contract extension, per multiple reports. Jeff Passan says the deal means that Yelich will be under contract for the 2020-28 seasons and will get around $215 million.
Yelich, 28, currently is under contract for 2020 at $12.5 million, for 2021 at $14 million, and with a 2022 team option at $15 million with a $1.25 million buyout. That $15 million 2022 team option was almost certain to get picked up, which means if the $215 million value for the 2020-28 years is correct, its essentially a $173.5 million extension over six years — $29 million per year.
Yelich won the National League Most Valuable Player Award for 2018, and finished in second place in 2019. Yelich was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Miami Marlins after the 2017 season for Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz and Jordan Yamamoto, and has gone from being an above-average player with the Marlins to an MVP-caliber player for the Brewers.