Marlins announce seven-year deal with Yelich

Marlins announce seven-year deal with Yelich

VIERA, Fla. -- The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Christian Yelich agreed to a seven-year contract. has learned the deal is worth $49.570 million.

The pact keeps the left fielder in South Florida through at least 2021. has confirmed the extension includes a club option for an eighth season.

The 23-year-old had a slash line of .284/.362/.402 in 2014, his first full big league season. The left-handed-hitting outfielder also belted nine homers, drove in 54 runs and scored 94 runs.

An all-around talent, Yelich was the National League Gold Glove Award-winning left fielder.

The 23rd overall Draft pick in 2010, Yelich is a pure hitter who many in the industry believe can challenge for batting titles.

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"That could be a possibility," manager Mike Redmond said a couple of days ago. "He definitely has the swing, the pitch selection and makes the contact to be able to hit for a high average. I think his power is something that will get better and improve. This guy is still lean. He's still going to get stronger and bigger as he gets older."

The Marlins believe they have the best outfield trio in the National League, with Yelich in left, Marcell Ozuna in center and Giancarlo Stanton in right.

In November, Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract, so two-thirds of the trio is now signed long term.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.