Christian Yelich expressed his desire to be traded several weeks ago after the Miami fire sale which included the trading of Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, and Marcell Ozuna. On Thursday, Yelich’s wish came true as Derek Jeter & Co. shipped him north to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Yelich just might have been the Marlins’ most prized possession as it turns out, as the return for Yelich appears to be the biggest return of the offseason. Heading to the Miami organization will be Milwaukee’s top prospect Lewis Brinson, number six prospect Isan Diaz, number 14 prospect Monte Harrison, and Jordan Yamamoto.
Yelich, one of the most underrated players in all of baseball, will provide a major upgrade to the Brew Crew lineup and a very versatile one at that. The 26-year-old can play each outfield position and has the skills at the plate to hit anywhere in the lineup. He is coming off a year in which he slashed .282/.369/.439/.807 with a 115 wRC+. As impressive offensively as last season was for Yelich, it was actually below average for his standards as he is the owner of a career 121 wRC+ to go along with a 117 OPS+.
The trade marks a new era for baseball in Milwaukee as the team has gone from a major rebuilding mode into playoff contention in less than a year. Their 2017 results were very clearly the trigger for ownership to go all in for this roster. After being picked to finish the season dead last in some publications, the team lead the division for much of the year before falling just six games short of the Cubs in the NL Central. The team will still need to add a few pieces, especially to their rotation, in order to compete for the division crown. With that being said, they are well on their way.
This trade could be the trigger that we have all been waiting for this offseason. With Milwaukee’s newly acquired outfielder and confidence, could Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta be the next to call Miller Park home?