The Milwaukee Brewers announced the signing of All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun to a 5-year contract extension that will take him
through the 2020 season. The deal also includes a mutual option for one additional year. It’s the longest commitment to a player in Brewers franchise history.
Braun has started each of the last three all-star games for the National League. He’s just one of 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. The others are Joe DiMaggio, Chuck Klein, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams. Braun also currently holds the franchise’s mark for highest career batting average at .308 and entered the 2011 season with 128 homers, eighth most in Major League history by any player in their first four years.
Since being called up in early 2007, Braun ranks 2nd in hits (734), runs (414), total bases (1,325) and Extra-Base hits (304). He also ranks 6th in RBI’s (432) and is tied for 8th in home runs (133).
Braun is off to another great start this season, reaching base safely in all 18 games. He currently ranks among the National League leaders in on-base percentage (5th, .471), runs (T6th, 13), home runs (T6th, 4), total bases (8th, 35), slugging percentage (8th, .625), hits (T8th, 20), batting average (10th, .357) and walks (4th, 13).
It’s the second long-term deal that Braun has signed with the Brewers. He previously signed a deal on May 15,2008 that goes through the 2015 season.