The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly locked up their generational talent for the next seven years with a new contract extension. The deal is a seven-year extension worth close to $190 million, but he still has two years worth $26.5 million remaining on his current contract.
The contract extension will also include deferrals, which will come when the team officially announces the contract. Yelich came over from the Miami Marlins in a 2017 trade. Joel Sherman reported specifics on the deal after Ken Rosenthal tweeted out the news of the two sides coming together for the extension.
Source confirms @JoelSherman1 report on terms of Yelich extension: Seven years in $190M range on top of remaining two years at $26.5M. Club option for 2022 will be eliminated. Deal also will include deferrals.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 3, 2020
Since coming over to the Brewers, Yelich has two all-star appearances, two silver slugger awards, and won a Most Valuable Player Award in the National League in 2018. Last season, Yelich would have his season shortened due to a knee injury that would knock him out of the lineup. Even then, Yelich would hit .329/.429/.671 with 44 home runs and 97 RBI on the 2019 season.
The Brewers are looking to compete in the National League Central division and locking up Yelich for the foreseeable future. If Yelich can come back healthy and return to the MVP caliber style of play he has. The team is expected to announce the full details of the extension later this week.