Signed, sealed, delivered. Christian Yelich is with the Milwaukee Brewers for life after his contract is finalized and the pen was put to paper Friday morning.
It was made official by the Milwaukee Brewers and Christian Yelich, announcing a nine-year contract with the MVP with a mutual option for 2029, which confirms the rumors that started to circulate on Tuesday.
Making it the largest contract in Brewers history since Ryan Braun‘s five-year, $105 million extension in 2011, Yelich still has two more years plus a club option on the seven-year, $49 million deal that he had originally signed with the Miami Marlins back in 2015. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in January of 2018. The salaries of $12.5 million for 2020 and $14 million for 2021 still remain in place in terms of the seven-year contract, but come 2022, Yelich is going to receive a big pay raise.
Yelich will average around $27 million annually from 2022-28, with a $20 million mutual option in 2029, if Yelich continues his baseball career. Both sides committed to the full nine years and Yelich asked for no opt-outs and the team also included a full no-trade clause.
In just the two seasons that Yelich has been in Milwaukee, he has won two batting titles, the MVP award in 2018 with the runner-up position in 2019 after his season was cut a couple of weeks short due to a knee injury. He also claimed two Silver Sluggers and has made two All-Star appearances. In this time, he’s posted .327/.415/.631 slash line with 80 total home runs, 207 RBIs, and 52 stolen bases.
According to owner Mark Attanasio, “Christian is everything you could want as the face of a franchise – from his incredible performance on the field to his leadership as a teammate to his dedication to the community,” Being an MVP on and off the field, Yelich is definitely a fan favorite, helping within the community of Milwaukee and even back home in southern California where he helps operate California Strong. It surely is an exciting day knowing that Yelich will end his career with the Milwaukee Brewers and there will be no one else that will wear number 22.
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Yelich stated that he is “excited to be staying in Milwaukee and playing the game that I love for this amazing city.” Brewers fans are glad to see you sticking around for a while as well, Yeli. Let’s get some World Series titles.