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Milwaukee Brewers

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March 6, 2020 09:00 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Monster extension finalized
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 6, 2020 11:08 AM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Making spring debut Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 5, 2020 07:16 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Signs seven-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 3, 2020 07:36 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Close to $200M extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 1, 2020 10:16 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Spring debut coming later this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich is expected to make his 2020 Cactus League debut late this week, Adam McCalvy of 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.

February 17, 2020 06:36 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Moving to left field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich will shift to left field in 2020, Adam McCalvy of reports.

Yelich spent most of his time in right field in 2019, though manager Craig Counsell said the plan for 2020 is to primarily play the 2018 NL MVP in left field, with Ryan Braun and Avisail Garcia expected to split time in right. The 28-year-old Yelich has plenty of big-league experience in left field, including a Gold Glove award at the position in 2014. Across 130 games last season, Yelich hit .329/.429/.671 with 44 home runs, 100 runs, 97 RBI and 30 stolen bases.

January 26, 2020 12:36 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Fully healthy for spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich (kneecap) said Sunday his knee is fully recovered and he'll enter spring training with no restrictions, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Yelich sustained the fractured right kneecap Sept. 10 and was given an 8-to-10 week recovery timeline, though he apparently didn't feel fully healthy until about a month ago since the team slow-played his rehab. The 28-year-old finished second in voting for National League MVP behind Cody Bellinger after posting a .329/.429/.671 slash line with 44 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 97 RBI in 130 games, and he's primed for another year as one of baseball's top players. Yelich should begin 2020 starting in right field for the Brewers, though the free-agent signing of Avisail Garcia and the additional roster shakeup could result in more time in left field.

November 11, 2019 02:32 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Set to begin running
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich (kneecap) will begin running this week and expects to be fully healthy for winter workouts, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Yelich was given an 8-to-10 week recovery timeline after fracturing his kneecap in September, and it appears as though he has been progressing well so far. A return to health in time for winter workouts would allow him to have a normal offseason and would signal that he'd likely be ready for spring training with no limitations. The 27-year-old hit .329/.429/.671 with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases over 130 games in 2019 prior to his injury.

October 23, 2019 08:32 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: On track with recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich (kneecap) said Wednesday that his recovery is going good and that things will be back to normal after a few more weeks of rehab, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Yelich is present at Game 2 of the World Series in Houston to accept the 2019 National League Hank Aaron Award -- which is awarded to each league's top hitter -- and provided the first update on his recovery since the Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs in early October. He finished the season with a .329/.429/.671 slash line with 44 home runs, 97 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 130 games. The 27-year-old was given an 8-to-10 week recovery timeline after fracturing his right kneecap Sept. 10, so he appears to be progressing as planned. Yelich isn't expected to face any limitations for the start of spring training in February.

October 2, 2019 01:28 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Not ruling out return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich's rehab from a fractured kneecap is "going great," according to Adam McCalvy of, and he responded, "It would be cutting it close, but you can't rule anything out," when asked about a possible return during the World Series, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

The Brewers are going to need quite a few games to give Yelich a chance to return this season, but based on his comments, it would appear he has a chance to beat the 8-to-10 week return timetable he was given when he suffered the injury. Regardless of whether or not he makes it back this season, all is looking well with his long-term prospects, and he should be back at 100 percent well in advance of spring training in 2020.

September 12, 2019 10:12 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Needs 8-10 weeks to recover
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich was officially diagnosed with a right patella fracture and will need 8-to-10 weeks to fully recover, Sophia Minnaert of FOX Sports Wisconsin reports.

The Brewers are encouraged by the fact that Yelich will not require surgery and are confident that there will not be any long-term effects, so that's good news regarding Yelich's 2020 value. However, this latest timeline eliminates any chance of Yelich returning in 2019, even if the Brewers made a deep run into the postseason. He will seek a second opinion, which is commonplace with serious injuries like this one.

September 11, 2019 10:24 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Won't require surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich won't need to undergo surgery to address his fractured right kneecap and is expected to be out six weeks, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

GM David Stearns said Yelich wouldn't receive an additional update until Thursday, but he appears to have received good news shortly after returning to Milwaukee to be evaluated. A six-week timeline is essentially a best-case scenario after the 27-year-old fouled a ball off his kneecap Tuesday, though it does nothing to reduce the impact of his absence as Milwaukee pushes for the playoffs. The Brewers are likely to provide an official update for Yelich on Thursday.

September 11, 2019 10:44 AM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Next update coming Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

GM David Stearns told Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers will not have any additional updates on Yelich (kneecap) until Thursday.

Yelich has already been ruled out for the season as a result of the fractured kneecap he suffered in Tuesday's contest, but it has not yet been determined if he will need surgery. That decision will determine just what type of return timetable he is looking at, and if the injury will affect his status for the 2020 season.

September 11, 2019 09:08 AM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich will miss the rest of the 2019 season after suffering a fractured right kneecap during Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

The 27-year-old fouled a ball off the kneecap during the first inning and immediately went to a knee in pain, and he remained on the ground for several minutes before leaving the field. It's a devastating development for the Brewers' playoff hopes and Yelich as he was vying to earn his second consecutive NL MVP award. It's currently unclear whether surgery will be necessary. He'll finish the 2019 season with a .329/.429/.671 slash line and 44 home runs, 97 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 130 games. Trent Grisham seems likely to slot into an everyday role in his absence.

September 10, 2019 07:24 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Exits Tuesday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich was removed from Tuesday's game at Miami after fouling a ball off his right knee, Sophia Minnaert of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.

Yelich appeared to take the contact around the top of his kneecap and immediately went to the ground in pain. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but he was able to leave the field under his own power. Trent Grisham has taken over in right field for the Brewers.

September 8, 2019 02:44 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Walks off Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich went 2-for-2 with one run scored, three stolen bases, three walks and a walkoff RBI double in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.

Yelich may not have hit a homer Saturday, but he did pretty much everything else in a game that otherwise featured little offensively. The Cubs pitched around him for most of the evening but decided to attack him with the winning run on first base in the bottom of the ninth, only for Yelich to lace a 2-2 pitch to the left-field corner to give the Brewers the win. The three stolen bases brings his season total to 30 (he's been caught only twice). The 27-year-old is slashing .329/.426/.675 with 44 home runs, 98 runs scored and 97 RBI as he continues his bid for a second straight NL MVP award.

September 7, 2019 01:24 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Huge night in big win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich went 3-for-4 with a walk, a three-run homer and a stolen base in Friday's 7-1 win over the Cubs.

The reigning NL MVP isn't relinquishing his crown easily. Yelich has gone yard three times in the last five games to give him 44 homers on the year, extending his career high and keeping him in the thick of the race for the league's home-run title with Pete Alonso and Cody Bellinger, and his 27 steals, .421 OBP and .672 SLG are all personal bests as well.

September 1, 2019 06:20 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Crushes 42nd home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in a 4-0 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Yelich blasted his 42nd home run of the season with a three-run home run that put the game out of reach in the ninth inning. The home run snapped a bit of a power drought for Yelich, hitting his last homer Aug. 17. Yelich has a .328/.423/.670 slash line with 92 RBI and 26 stolen bases this season.

August 26, 2019 12:16 PM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Joins 25-steal club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich went 2-for-5 with his 25th stolen base of the season Sunday in the Brewers' 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Yelich had a chance to play hero in the bottom of the ninth inning after stepping to the plate with two out and two runners on base, but he grounded out to second base to end the game. Though Yelich has now failed to drive in a run in each of the past seven contests, fantasy managers can overlook the brief lull in production while he continues to remain active -- and efficient -- on the basepaths. He's been caught just twice all season, with his 92.6 percent success rate besting all 12 other players in the majors who have recorded at least 20 steals.

August 18, 2019 06:08 AM
Brewers' Christian Yelich: Goes deep twice in marathon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yelich went 5-for-6 with a walk, two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI in Saturday's 15-14 extra-innings win over the Nationals.

Both long balls were clutch -- Yelich took Nats closer Sean Doolittle deep to lead off the ninth inning and spark a four-run rally, then launched a second solo shot in the 13th that nearly won the game for the Brewers before their eventual victory one frame later. It seems safe to say Yelich's back issues are behind him for now, and the 27-year-old has moved back into a tie for the major-league home run lead, joining Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger with 41.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
Milwaukee Brewers

MLB Experience:

2014: NL Gold Glove-LF
2018: NL Most Valuable Player;NL Batting Champion
2019: NL Batting Champion