The Milwaukee Brewers have added yet another talented young tool to their outfield.
26-year-old Christian Yelich comes to Milwaukee from the Miami Marlins after a blockbuster deal Thursday afternoon involving four Brewer prospects.
Milwaukee shipped outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison, infielder Isan Diaz, and right-handed pitcher Jordan Yamamoto to a rebuilding Marlins team in return. Brinson, Harrison, and Diaz were all among the Brewers’ top 10 prospects.
The deal comes at a time of many question with the Brewers outfield, as the team had five or six outfielders that could have made their case to be opening day starters. Now with the move, the depth chart becomes a bit clearer.
Yelich, a career .290 hitter batted .282 with 18 home runs while slugging .439 and stealing 16 bases last year with the Marlins. The center fielder can also flash the leather, taking home a gold glove award in 2014.
Many Brewers fans took to twitter Thursday unhappy with the amount of prospects the team gave up to acquire yelich, but Milwaukee is getting a lot for a little. The All-Star outfielder will make $7 million this season in the third year of a $49.57 million, seven-year contract.
Besides being really good, Christian Yelich is really controllable. He's guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021 and the deal has a $15 million club option for 2022. That's why the cost was high despite his plea to leave Miami.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 25, 2018
The Brewers do look to be giving up a lot on paper. However, Brinson has had stints in the MLB and may never reach the level Yelich is currently at in his career.
Harrison and Diaz project to be solid pro players down the road, but currently are blocked at the major league level, and Yamamoto has had his ups and downs in the minors and may never reach the big league level.
David Stearns has begun wheeling and dealing in Milwaukee and he may not be done yet. With the acquisition of free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain a few hours after the trade, it would be hard to believe that stearns would stand pat the rest of the winter without moving another outfielder for a pitcher.
With these OF moves, you have to believe #Brewers will try to use Broxton and or Santana to get the pitching help they want. They have ridiculous OF depth at this moment.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) January 26, 2018
Sit tight Brewers fans there may be more to come.