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Brewers close to long-term extension with Christian Yelich, per report

The Brewers appear primed to keep their superstar in Milwaukee until well into his thirties.

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The Brewers are close to a long-term contract extension with two-time All-Star and 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich, according to a report Tuesday afternoon from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. It will be a seven-year extension, tacked on to the two years and $26.5 remaining on his current contract, effectively making it a nine-year commitment with a mutual option for a 10th. The extension is expected to be worth roughly $188.5 million, as the New York Post’s Joel Sherman first reported:

Yelich has been arguably the best player in the National League since being traded from the Marlins to the Brewers prior to the 2018 season, hitting .327/.415/.631 with 80 homers and 207 RBI over two seasons. Understandably, this extension is a huge move for Milwaukee — arguably the biggest in franchise history, and at least the biggest since the Brewers signed Ryan Braun to a long-term, nine-figure deal early in the 2008 season.

Yelich will join Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, José Altuve, Paul Goldschmidt, and Xander Bogaerts as prominent major-league hitters who were relatively close to hitting free agency but instead opted to sign long-term extensions with their current teams in recent years.