The details of Christian Yelich’s nine-year, $215 million contract are out and they reveal deferred money that will have the Brewers paying their star outfielder well beyond the next nine years. In fact, he’ll get paid by Milwaukee through 2042.
According to the Associated Press, under the deal the Brewers will defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022 to ’28. The deal includes a $20 million mutual option for 2029 with a $6.5 million buyout, and $2 million of the buyout would be deferred as well. If the buyout is owed, the $30 million in deferred money would be paid in 12 installments of $2.5 million each July 1 from 2031-42. If the buyout is not owed, Yelich will get the $28 million in 11 installments of $2.3 million each July 1 from 2031-41 and a final payment of $2.3 million on July 1, 2042.
The deal, as noted, gives Yelich a full no-trade clause. It also gives him four premium tickets for 20 mutually agreed upon regular-season games annually. So, you know, if he has any friends who are Cubs fans, he can totally hook ’em up.