When news broke that the Brewers were extending Christian Yelich for $215 million, Dodgers fans got excited. Los Angeles’ fans took to Twitter to sound off on what the extension meant for Cody Bellinger, who could be a free agent as soon as 2024.
10 years? More? Less? How much? What does Cody Bellinger’s next contract look like?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 5, 2020
As it turns out, fans are more than okay with giving Cody Bellinger a boatload of money. Above all, the common answer was that Bellinger would surely garner more money on his next contract than Yelich did.
answer: Every Penny
— Damn Liberal (@dodger09blue) March 3, 2020
That’s right, every penny. Whatever the cost, it’s hard to imagine the Dodgers letting Bellinger slip away from them over money concerns. So why did Christian Yelich take such a low offer? Well, it boils down to a few small differences.
The first being that Yelich signed a seven-year extension with the Marlins at age 23. That extension was worth close to $50 million and would have made him a free agent at age 30….