Jackson Chourio extension Brewers closing in on historic deal with MLBs No 7 prospect per report
The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to sign top outfield prospect Jackson Chourio to a record-breaking contract extension on Thursday, per the New York Post. Chourio, 19, is set to sign an eight-year deal worth close to $80 million, per the report. Such an extension would shatter the record for the largest contract ever signed by a player before making their MLB debut. That record currently belongs toChicago White SoxoutfielderLuis Robert, who inked a six-year, $50 million pact in 2020.
Chourio reached Triple-A in 2023, but played just six games at the minors' highest level. This deal will clear the way for him to make the big-league roster as soon as he's deemed ready -- be it Opening Day 2024 or sometime later in the summer.
Chourio, the breakout star of the 2022 minor-league season, is a dynamic talent. He's the rare player who can launch opposite-field home runs with regularity, as well as put infielders in a blender on would-be routine grounders. (There was a game in late April against the Angels' Double-A affiliate where he recorded infield singles to the shortstop and the third baseman in consecutive frames.) Some evaluators have expressed hit-tool concerns generated by his aggressive approach. It's a fair consideration, but Chourio has earned the benefit of the doubt by holding his own in the upper minors at such a young age. If everything clicks, he'll provide the Brewers with their fifth 30/30 season. And their sixth, their seventh, their eighth, and so on.....
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