Mariners Target #4: Christian Yelich
Long gone are the days of Yelich hitting .330 with 30-40 home runs and compiling a 7+ fWAR. However, he is still a very solid player after a 4 win season last year. He slashed .278/.370/.447 with 19 home runs and 28 stolen bases. He is a CTZ guy with a BB% of 12% and a K% of 21.8%. Yelich is one of my favorite players of this era and I think that his swing and playing skills would do so well in Seattle. He's a gap-to-gap hitter with above-average walk and strikeout rates and would look great hitting in the lefty-friendly confines of T-Mobile Park.
The hardest part about dealing with Yelich is the contract. He signed a 7-year $188 million dollar extension with the Brewers in 2020. The contract has 5 years and $130 million left on it. There is no way the Mariners are eating that whole contract. As I mentioned earlier, Jeremy Krom proposed Yelich and Burnes for Miller and Kelenic with the Brewers eating $5-$7 million per year.
This could be a similar deal to when the Mariners traded Cano and Diaz to the Mets for Kelenic and a couple of other prospects. I wonder if the Mariners could get Yelich and Devin Williams for Kelenic and a prospect or 2 and the Brewers send $5 million a year to cover the difference. I would love that deal! One can dream! Go Mariners!