The Miami Marlins dealt away another top player from their roster, sending Christian Yelich, long a target of the Phillies, to the Milwaukee Brewers for four players. Miami is tearing through last year’s starting lineup and dealing players all across Major League Baseball as new CEO Derek Jeter puts his stamp on the organization. Miami had already dealt Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees), Marcell Ozuna (Cardinals) and infielder Dee Gordon (Mariners).
In exchange for Yelich, the Marlins received four prospects, outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison, infielder Isan Diaz and right-hander Jordan Yamamoto. Brinson is the best prospect of the group, but he Diaz and Harrison were all ranked among the top 10 prospects in the Brewers organization.
Yelich has four years of service time in the majors, but is signed through 2021 with a team option for 2022. The deal, which was originally for seven years, is worth a total of $49.57-million. Yelich has $44.5-million remaining on the deal, including a $1.25-million buyout on the 2022 season. If the option for that season is picked up, he will make a total of $15-million in 2022.
In his career with Miami, Yelich hit 59-293-.290/.369/.432 in 643 games. He also has 72 stolen bases in 90 attempts for a career stolen base percentage of 80-percent. Yelich won a gold glove in 2014, his first full season in the majors and was a silver slugger award winner in 2016 when he hit 21-98-.298/.376/.483 for the Marlins.
The Phillies and Marlins had engaged in trade talks regarding Yelich on a couple occasions, including at the Winter Meetings in December, but were never able to put together a deal for the 26-year old outfielder.