Report: Christian Yelich, Brewers close to finalizing deal for $200M+ extension

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to sign outfielder Christian Yelich to a contract extension worth upwards of $200 million.

The talks were first reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. MLB Network's Jon Heyman has since added to that the reported deal is a contract extension for seven years on top of the two he currently has left.

Heyman also is reporting the deal is in the $215 million range. The Athletic is reporting an announcement is expected to be made on Friday at the team's spring training facility in Maryvale, Arizona.

The 28-year-old outfielder is returning from a fractured knee cap in the 2019 season where he hit 44 home runs while also posting a .329 batting average.

Yelich won the NL MVP in 2018. His new deal would make him one of the league's highest-paid players with an average annual salary in the $30-35 million range.