The Marlins strip down rebuild continues, as Christian Yelich has been traded to the Brewers for multiple players, including outfielder Lewis Brinson. The Brewers officially announced the deal early Thursday evening.
The return to the Marlins is Brinson along with minor-leaguers Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz and Jordan Yamamoto.
Yelich, 26, hit .282/.369/.439 (117 OPS+) with 36
doubles, 18 homers, 81 RBI, 100 runs and 16 stolen bases last season. He
was even better in 2016 when he won a Silver Slugger and got some
down-ballot MVP love. He transitioned to center field from left last
season and did so adequately. His range would play better on a corner, but he's fine in center and likely gets better with more experience. As
things stand, Yelich figures to play center field and hit somewhere
toward the top of the lineup for the Brewers.
They have a lot of platoon situations, but the Opening Day lineup might look something like this: