The Milwaukee Brewers have helped outfielder Christian Yelich develop into a superstar over the course of the last two seasons, and they have compensated him as such with his new contract extension.
Yelich agreed to a nine-year contract that will last through the 2028 season. There is a mutual option for the 2029 season, when Yelich will be 37 years old.
The Brewers acquired Yelich from the Miami Marlins in a lopsided deal that sent Lewis Brinson the other way. Yelich won the NL MVP in his first season with the Brewers, hitting .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBI. Yelich performed even better in 2019, as he won his second straight batting title with a .329 average. His 44 home runs, 97 RBI, 1.100 OPS, and 179 OPS+ would have been enough for an MVP in most years, but an injury late in the season helped Cody Bellinger win the award,
Yelich's contract dwarfs that of Ryan Braun, which was the largest contract in Brewers history until this record-breaker.
Yelich has done nothing but rake at a prolific clip since Miami sent him to Wisconsin, and Brewers fans will get to watch No. 22 hit moonshots at Miller Park for the next decade.