Christian Yelich Signs Nine-Year Extension With Brewers

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Outfielder Christian Yelich will be spending his long-term future with the Brewers.

On Friday, Milwaukee announced Yelich's nine-year extension which extends through the 2028 season and includes a mutual option for 2029. The Associated Press reports the deal is worth $215 million. 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was the first to report this week that Yelich and the Brewers were nearing a long-term extension.

"I've said many times that I've only been here for two years, but it feels like it's been a lot longer,” Yelich said in a press conference Friday. "Ever since I came, it's felt like just a natural fit, a place that is great for myself and my family, and formed a connection with the community, my teammates, everyone from ownership and front office on down."

Yelich's new deal adds $187.25 million over seven seasons to the remaining $27.75 million he was guaranteed as part of the $49.57 million, seven-year contract he signed in March 2015 with Miami. The Marlins later traded him to Milwaukee ahead of the 2018 season.

The 28-year-old has excelled with the Brewers and won the National League MVP award in 2018. He finished second in MVP voting behind the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger in 2019 after leading the NL in batting average (.329), on-base percentage (.429) and slugging percentage (.671). Yelich is also the two-time reigning NL batting title champion and won a Gold Glove in 2014.

The Brewers finished last season at 89–73 and fell to the Nationals in the NL Wild Card Game.