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Yelich signs nine-year, $215m deal with Brewers

  • Christina Yelich, 28, re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
Modified 07 Mar 2020, 13:06 IST
Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers star and 2018 National League MVP Christian Yelich signed a nine-year, $215million contract with the MLB franchise.

Yelich will remain in Milwaukee through at least 2028 after signing a seven-year extension to his previous deal with the Brewers.

The lucrative deal includes a mutual option for 2029 – star outfielder Yelich, who was traded to the Brewers by the Miami Marlins in 2018, would be aged 37 that season.

"I'm really glad that I'm able to spend the foreseeable future here -- the rest of my career as a Milwaukee Brewer," two-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Yelich told reporters during Friday's news conference.

"I've said many times that I've only been here two years, but it feels like it's been a lot longer. Ever since I came here, it just felt like a natural fit."

"This is a place where I wanted to play and where I wanted to be," 2014 Gold Glove winner Yelich, who suffered a fractured kneecap in September, said. "I realise that I had three years before free agency, but above all else, I meant it when I said that I want to finish my career as a Milwaukee Brewer.

"Not only that, I want to be a part of winning teams as a Milwaukee Brewer. That's very important to myself. It's a large sum of money and people are always going to ask the 'what-if's' -- did you leave [money on the table] or not? -- but I play the game to win, and to be a part of a place that I feel comfortable and I take pride in representing. For me, this is that place.

"That's how I made this decision. It wasn't one that I took lightly. I spent a lot of time talking about it with my family and my representatives. At the end day, we felt that this was right."

Published 07 Mar 2020, 13:06 IST
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