Christian “the boy” Yelich signs a man’s contract

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins

You have to tip your cap to the Marlins for taking this whole being a culpable Major League franchise thing seriously; they’re simply not screwing around anymore.

The Marlins locked up more of their young talent to a long-term contract yesterday, signing outfielder Christian Yelich to seven-year contract extension worth $49.5 million dollars.

Yelich boasts a career on-base percentage of .365, and a career batting average of .285 in 206 career big league ballgames. If he’s posting these numbers as a 21 and 22 year old, he’s showing you who he is as a player. He has a .400 slugging percentage that has a tendency to rise, evidenced by the number of extra-base hits he had last season (45).

Good for you Marlins. You somehow find a way to get Jose Fernandez locked down over the next five to ten years and you have a real window to compete here. Could Jeffrey Loria someday be viewed as a ‘great owner’? Baseball can be crazy and unpredictable.