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Christian Yelich | Outfielder | #22

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 199
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (23) / MIA
Contract: view contract details
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Brewers acquired OF Christian Yelich from the Marlins for OF Lewis Brinson, INF Isan Diaz, OF Monte Harrison and RHP Jordan Yamamoto.
This settles the Brewers' outfield for the moment: Yelich gets penciled into center in between Ryan Braun in left and Domingo Santana in right. The team still has the ability to trade Santana for pitching, which would put them back into the mix for Lorenzo Cain or allow them to revert to the combination of Keon Broxton and Brett Phillips in center. If they decide to keep Santana, then a Broxton trade would seem to be best for everyone. Yelich's fantasy value is vastly improved with the trade; not only does he find himself in a far better lineup in Milwaukee, but he goes from one of the worst parks for left-handed power to one of the very best. He's a top-10 outfielder on draft day. Jan 25 - 6:25 PM

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The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that Christian Yelich has been traded to the Brewers.

We're not sure this is the right way for the Brewers to go: Yelich is very good with the potential to be better, but the Brewers were already well set up in the outfield going forward and have far bigger concerns elsewhere. Still, let's see what the package is.
Jan 25 - 6:05 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

There's a long list of teams in the mix for Yelich, but Mish hears that the Brewers have shown "strong interest" as they look to improve upon their surprise 2017 season. And with a strong farm system, they also have the sort of prospects required to get a deal done. Yelich's contract (four years and $43.25 million) makes him an attractive option for both small and large-market teams. Nothing appears to be imminent, but the Brewers could be a legitimate suitor.
Jan 23 - 4:03 PM

Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Marlins would need Ronald Acuna in a trade for Christian Yelich.

Gammons goes so far as to say that the Marlins won't even discuss a second player without Acuna being included in a trade. That's probably fair, because the Braves likely wouldn't want discussions to go on if they have to include him. As good as Yelich has been, it's tough to imagine that Atlanta would be willing to include the player that many consider the best prospect in baseball in a trade for him. Assuming Gammons is correct, you probably won't see Yelich in a Braves uniform in 2018.
Source: MLB Network
Jan 17 - 9:11 PM

Christian Yelich's agent told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Tuesday that his client's relationship with the Marlins is "irretrievably broken."

Yelich expressed surprise and disappointment last month when the Marlins moved Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, and now his trade request has become more of a trade demand. "The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken," the agent, Joe Longo, said Tuesday. "It's soured. He's part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he's got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now." Yelich, 26, has drawn interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Braves, and Rangers, but Miami's asking price is said to be sky high.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 7:22 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe lists the Nationals, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Braves and Rangers as appearing "to have some interest" in Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Some of those names are known, but the Blue Jays and Rangers are new to the party. Of course, "appear to have some interest" leaves plenty of room for interpretation. The Marlins are aiming high in their ask, as they should, so any interested would have to make it worth their while. There's more smoke than before regarding a potential Yelich trade, but it's still far from a sure thing that the 26-year-old gets moved this winter.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 6 - 10:02 PM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that the Nationals are among the teams showing interest in Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Washington is also known to have interest in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and Frisaro suggests that both Realmuto and Yelich could be acquired in the same "mega package." Miami's new ownership group has expressed a desire to keep Yelich and build around him as a cost-controlled guy who is under contract through 2021 with a club option for 2022, but the 26-year-old has reportedly grown unhappy about the Marlins' offseason fire sale. Around a dozen other teams have checked in on the availability of Yelich this winter, including the Braves, Padres, White Sox, and Phillies.
Jan 4 - 12:52 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Christian Yelich could move back to left field in 2018 if the Marlins don't trade him during the offseason.

Yelich switched spots with Marcell Ozuna in 2016 and moved from left to center, but with Ozuna now in St. Louis, Yelich could slide back to a corner spot. That would allow Magneuris Sierra -- a prospect Miami acquired in the Ozuna deal -- to play center field, or possibly prospect Braxton Lee, who also could be a candidate in right. Yelich has drawn trade interest this winter from around a dozen clubs, including the Braves, Padres, White Sox, and Phillies.
Jan 3 - 6:42 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Marlins continue to talk about potential trades, but that there's "nothing imminent" on any front.

Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto are the most prominent names of the bunch. The Marlins are willing to listen to offers, but both players would require a major haul. With the holidays behind us, business could begin to pick up soon.
Jan 2 - 12:06 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Phillies are one of the teams that have discussed a Christian Yelich trade with the Marlins.

Spencer notes that the Phillies have the prospects to make a deal for Yelich work, although that certainly doesn't mean a trade is particularly likely. The Marlins have discussed Yelich with a number of clubs, as it's no surprise plenty of teams are interested in the cost-controlled young outfielder. Miami has said publicly that they want to hang on to Yelich, but it's probably more likely than not that he's ultimately dealt before Opening Day.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 11:27:00 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins are engaged in "active trade discussions" with multiple suitors involving both Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto.

The Marlins have publicly stated that they want to hold on to both, but it's just posturing; everyone is available for the right price. Yelich seems more likely to go than Realmuto, if only because most contenders seem content with their catching situations. Still, it's quite possible neither will be Marlins on Opening Day.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 05:02:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the White Sox and Marlins recently discussed a potential Christian Yelich trade.

The White Sox would certainly have the prospects to get something done. However, Crasnick adds that the discussions "failed to advance beyond the routine dialogue stage" and that rival executives ultimately think the Marlins will hang on to Yelich. The 26-year-old outfielder is guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021 and his contract includes a club option for 2022.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:48:00 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Christian Yelich is "unhappy" with the recent trades by the Marlins, but he plans to have a discussion with the front office before assessing his future with the team.

It doesn't come as a big surprise that he's upset. Yelich posted a "thinking face emoji" on his Twitter account after the Stanton trade, an indication that he was perturbed about what he was seeing. Yelich plans to have a conversation with team president Michael Hill this week because he's trying to be "respectful" of the organization, but it could be a few years before they are legitimate contenders again. The Marlins don't appear to be actively shopping Yelich, but moving him could go a long way toward putting them on the right track in their rebuild process. According to Crasnick, the Diamondbacks, Phillies, and Braves are among the clubs who have contacted the Marlins in recent days. Yelich, 26, is guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021 and his contract includes a club option for 2022.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 03:01:00 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the Padres are among the teams that have inquired about Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Wednesday that the Marlins intend to keep Yelich with the intention of structuring their rebuild around the 26-year-old outfielder, who is under control through 2021 with a club option for 2022. But there are rumblings that Yelich wants out of Miami after watching Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon all get shipped off to other teams over the last week. San Diego has the prospects to get it done, though there would be offers coming in from a range of clubs -- both contending and non-contending -- if the Marlins decide to open up the bidding. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported Tuesday that the Braves and Diamondbacks have expressed interest.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 07:10:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Marlins "intend to hold onto Christian Yelich."

There is a massive organizational fire sale underway in Miami, with Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon already out the door, but Yelich is under the Marlins' control through 2021 with a club option for 2022 and they apparently want to try to build around the 26-year-old outfielder. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area confirms this thought, tweeting Wednesday that the Giants "have repeatedly been told" by the Marlins that Yelich is not available.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 02:43:00 PM

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