Yelich agrees to 7-year deal for nearly $50M

Mar 19, 2015 2:48 PM by Ross Field

MIAMI (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has agreed to a seven-year contract worth about $49.6 million.

The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement hasn't been announced. Yelich is expected to sign the deal this weekend, and a news conference tentatively is planned for Sunday.

Yelich, 23, won a Gold Glove and hit .284 with nine homers and 54 RBIs in his first full major league season last year, when he made $505,000. His base salary this year will be $570,000 before the contract escalates.

A left-handed hitter, Yelich is part of an outfield the Marlins consider the best in the majors, with $325 million slugger Giancarlo Stanton in right field and Marcell Ozuna in center.

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