The Milwaukee Brewers have outfielder Christian Yelich signed through the 2028 season, but they have a mutual option for the 2029 season. He has a full no-trade clause in his contract. Yelich is 32 years old and has had injury issues throughout his career, but over the last couple of seasons, he has been relatively healthy but those injuries can come back at any moment.
In 144 games last season with the Brewers, he had a .278 batting average with 19 home runs and 76 RBIs, along with 28 stolen bases and three caught stealing attempts. His on-base percentage was .370.
Yelich has had some surprising suitors this offseason despite having a full no-trade clause in his contract. According to Jon Heyman, the Toronto Blue Jays have been “kicking around Yelich” and this is a very interesting development for them.
Toronto wants someone who can bat from the left side of the plate after striking out on Juan Soto (who was traded to the New York Yankees) and Shohei Ohtani (who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency). The Blue Jays are also in win-now mode like the Milwaukee Brewers.
A Trade with the Toronto Blue Jays Would Not Make Sense for the Milwaukee Brewers and Outfielder Christian Yelich
In order for Yelich to accept any trade, he would have to waive his full no-trade clause. It would be hard to believe that Christian Yelich would want to leave the country and go to Canada. Toronto is a team that is trying to win the World Series, but it feels like they are the third or the fourth-best team in the American League East.
The Blue Jays exactly also don’t have the farm system to give the Brewers the prospects they want. There are other teams out there that he could maybe want to be traded to like the Philadelphia Phillies, the Atlanta Braves, or the Houston Astros just to name a few.
Also, why would some of these teams want to take on his big contract? He has proven to stay healthy over the past couple of seasons but Yelich can be back to injury-prone ways at any given moment. Yelich is more likely to finish out his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers organization rather than being traded. The fact that he is being mentioned in trade talks is utter nonsense, to begin with.