Milwaukee Brewers sign biggest contract ever for player with non major league experience

Outfielder Jackson Chourio signs autographs after a news conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Before taking a single swing in the major leagues, Jackson Chourio landed the type of contract players spend years dreaming about.

“I’m definitely going to meet the expectations,” the 19-year-old outfielder said Monday after the Milwaukee Brewers finalized an $82 million, eight-year deal, the most money guaranteed to a player with no big league experience.

Milwaukee also agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract to retain left-hander Wade Miley, a deal that includes a 2025 mutual option and could be worth $24 million over two seasons. Miley gets a $7 million salary this year and the option is for $12 million with a $1.5 million buyout.

He can earn $2.5 million each year in performance bonuses for innings and has a 10-team limited no-trade provision. He has played only six games above Double-A. His agreement topped the previous high for a player with no big league experience, excluding Japanese professionals.

Chourio could start the 2024 season in the major leagues.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio responds to questions following a news conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Chourio agreed to the largest contract for a player with no major league experience, an $82 million, eight-year deal with the Brewers. (AP photo)

Milwaukee is starting its first season under manager Pat Murphy following the departure of Craig Counsell, who left to manage the Chicago Cubs.

Chourio is regarded as among baseball’s top prospects. Turning 20 on March 11, Chourio has advanced rapidly enough in the Brewers’ farm system that he played six games for Triple-A Nashville late this past season.

Chourio, from Maracaibo, Venezuela, signed for a $1.8 million bonus at age 16 in January 2021.

He batted .283 with a .338 on-base percentage, 22 homers, 91 RBIs and 44 steals in 128 combined games with Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Nashville in 2023.

He hit .288 with a .342 on-base percentage, 20 homers, 75 RBIs and 16 steals in 99 combined games with Class A Carolina and Wisconsin, and Biloxi in 2022.

His 18-year-old brother Jaison signed with Cleveland for a $1.2 million bonus in January 2022 and hit .321 with one homer, 25 RBIs and 20 stolen bases with the Arizona Complex League Guardians and Class A Lynchburg.


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