According to several MLB sources, the Miami Marlins have locked up 23 year old outfielder Christian Yelich. The deal is reportedly 7 years for 49.5 million dollars. Yelich, who was the Marlins first round pick in 2010, finished 2014 with .284 batting average, 9 homers and 54 RBI's while scoring 94 runs, mostly hitting at the top of the Marlins order. Yelich also won a Gold Glove award last year in his first full season in the big leagues.
Yelich's on base skills are very good, he drew 101 walks in 933 plate appearances posting a solid .365 on base percentage at just the age of 22. With these skills, along with plus speed and great defense in the outfield, Yelich is a guy you want to have on your team for a long time.
But the question is, are the Marlins done spending?
After locking up Giancarlo Stanton to a record breaking deal this past winter, the Marlins have continued to spend money. They have now locked up Yelich and are reportedly offering extensions to all of there upcoming stars, outfielder Marcell Ozuna, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and pitcher Jose Fernandez.
It is certain that the Marlins could be very fun to watch over the next few seasons as these guys mature into potential superstars.