Yelich's seven-year, $188.5 million extension, which was made official Friday, includes no opt-outs and a full no-trade clause, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The star outfielder had said that he was happy in Milwaukee, and the deal he signed appears to reflect that. It's never possible to guarantee that a player won't be dealt, even with a no-trade clause, but Yelich owners in dynasty leagues can feel fairly safe that he will be calling hitter-friendly Miller Park home for quite a long time.
Yelich will make his spring debut Friday against the Giants. Yelich has taken it easy this spring after seeing his 2019 season end early because of a fractured kneecap, but he is finally ready to see game action and will hit third Friday while serving as the designated hitter. This presumably will not be the last update on Yelich's status Friday, as the Brewers have scheduled a press conference to announce what is believed a lucrative long-term extension of Yelich's contract.
Yelich signed a seven-year, $188.5 million extension with the Brewers on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Yelich gave his team a bit of a hometown discount, as he certainly could have commanded an annual salary over $27 million after being named NL MVP in 2018 and finishing second in the 2019 voting. His desire to to stay in Milwaukee is understandable considering Yelich made the leap to stardom as soon as he moved from Miami to Milwaukee two years ago. With a .327/.415/.631 slash line as a Brewer, the 28-year-old outfielder won't last more than a few picks before he's off the board in fantasy drafts.
Yelich and the Brewers are close to agreeing to a contract that will pay him north of $200 million, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The team has not commented on the deal yet, and the Brewers are expected to announce the agreement Friday. Per Rosenthal, the deal is believed to include the remaining two seasons of Yelich's current contract for $26.5 million while eliminating the 2022 club option, with the extension covering seven years and being worth about $190 million.
Yelich is expected to make his 2020 Cactus League debut late this week, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The 28-year-old has taken it easy thus far in spring training since he doesn't require much build-up to get ready for Opening Day. Fellow outfielders Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain have similarly been withheld from game action, though Cain made his debut Sunday. The free-agent signing of Avisail Garcia will shift Yelich to left field this season after he finished 2019 second in NL MVP voting with a .329/.429/.671 slash line, 44 home runs, 100 runs scored, 97 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 130 games.