Milwaukee (Northlands NewsCenter) - Although the Milwaukee Brewers didn't take the diamond on Thursday, that doesn't mean the team didn't make some noise.
The Brewers and all-star outfielder Ryan Braun agreed to a five year contract extension, which will add 105 million dollars to his contract. The deal makes Braun's entire contract worth 145.5 million dollars, and will go until the end of the 2020 season.
It's the largest contract in team history, and will ensure Braun will remain with the organization. It includes a no-trade clause, plus Braun agreed to have some of the money deferred, to allow the team to remain competitive.
And it all started, the Brewers say, with a casual chat initiated by Braun himself.
"The first thing you say is, 'Wow, really?'" principal owner Mark Attanasio said. "Especially with a player of his stature. It's a very big idea."
So the Brewers listened.
"When a player steps forward and wants to do it, you have to listen," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "You're probably caught off guard a little bit to hear it come from a player, because a lot of times it doesn't happen."
"That's something that was a huge factor in me making the decision to stay here," Braun said. "You don't see that happen too often in sports anymore -- especially baseball. ... Obviously Robin (Yount) was incredible and spent his entire career here. Tony Gwynn spent his entire career in San Diego, Cal Ripken in Baltimore. Those are all guys that I've admired. It's incredible for me to hopefully have an opportunity one day to say, 'I spent my whole career here in Milwaukee,' and it's something I truly want to do."
Braun is one of just five players in Major League Baseball history to hit 125 homers and post a .300 batting average over the first four seasons of his career.
Posted by Joe Dufek