Christian Yelich will be terrorizing National League Central foes for the foreseeable future.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Yelich is close to signing a seven-year, $190 million deal with the Brewers.
Yelich’s previous deal had him under contract through 2022 with an option for 2023. His new deal wipes out the option and will keep him in Milwaukee through 2029 for about $215 million total, per Rosenthal.
The Brewers acquired Yelich in the 2017-18 offseason from the Marlins, whose goal was to clear salary under new ownership. The 28-year-old was a respectable hitter with Miami (career .290/.369/.432 slash line) but has ascended into a perennial MVP candidate with the Brewers.
Yelich won the NL batting title and MVP award in 2018, hitting .326/.402/.598 with 36 homers and 110 RBIs. He willed the Brewers to the postseason, helping erase the Cubs’ five-game lead in the NL Central on Sept. 1. Milwaukee beat the North Siders at Wrigley Field in a Game 163 to win the division crown. They made it to Game 7 of the NLCS and lost to the Dodgers.
Yelich again won the batting title last season, and before breaking his kneecap on Sept. 10, was neck-and-neck with Dodgers’ outfielder Cody Bellinger for MVP. He finished the year with a .329/.429/.671 line (all No. 1 in the NL) with 44 homers and 97 RBIs in just 130 games.
The Brewers rallied without Yelich and secured a surprise wild card game berth, though they surrendered a late lead and fell to the eventual-World Series champion Nationals.
Although the Brewers turned over close to half their roster this winter, they can take solace in having Yelich for the next decade, much to the dismay of the rest of the NL Central.