$82 Million Gamble: Brewers Place Huge Wager on Young Star Jackson Chourio

Brewers contracted with Jackson Chourio for 8 years at $82 million

In a groundbreaking move, the Milwaukee Brewers have inked a record-breaking $82 million, eight-year deal with 19-year-old outfielder Jackson Chourio, setting a new standard for players without major league experience. The deal, announced Monday, marks the largest contract ever for a player entering the big leagues.

Chourio, having played merely six games above the Double-A level, expressed confidence in meeting the hefty expectations associated with the monumental contract. With team options extending to 2033, Chourio’s deal could potentially reach a staggering $130 million over ten seasons, including a $2 million signing bonus.

“I’m definitely going to meet the expectations,” Chourio stated through a translator. The young outfielder, undeterred by the pressure, emphasized that the substantial financial commitment would not alter his approach or character. “If something changes, it definitely will be for the better,” he added.

The contract breakdown reveals salaries of $2 million in 2024, escalating annually to $17 million in 2031. The Brewers hold $25 million options for 2031 and 2032, each with a $2 million buyout. Chourio’s deal incorporates escalators for the final three years, contingent on MVP voting performance.

Chourio’s meteoric rise through the Brewers’ farm system positions him as a potential major league debutant in the 2024 season. The comprehensive deal covers his entire arbitration eligibility period and extends through what would have been his initial two seasons after potential free agency.

This landmark agreement shatters the previous record set by outfielder Luis Robert, who secured a $50 million, six-year deal with the Chicago White Sox in 2020 before making his MLB debut later that year. Chourio’s deal showcases the Brewers’ commitment to investing in emerging talent as they enter the 2024 season under new manager Pat Murphy.

The Brewers, having clinched an NL Central title last year, witnessed contributions from several rookies, foreshadowing a promising future. Chourio hailed as one of baseball’s top prospects, played six games for Triple-A Nashville late in the past season, highlighting his rapid ascent through the Brewers’ ranks.

As the first player in Brewers franchise history to be named the organization’s minor league player of the year twice, Chourio’s journey began in 2021 when he joined the Brewers from Venezuela, securing a $1.8 million signing bonus. Despite his youth, Chourio boasts an impressive track record, batting .283 with 22 homers, 91 RBIs, and 44 steals in 128 combined games at Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Nashville in 2023.

Chourio is currently ranked as the #1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. Chourio’s stellar performance continued in 2022, where he hit .288 with 20 homers, 75 RBIs, and 16 steals across 99 combined games at Class-A Carolina, Wisconsin, and Biloxi. He finished the 2023 season with a .288/.342/.538 batting line, 20 home runs, and 16 stolen bases across three levels.

The Brewers’ investment in Chourio reflects their confidence in his potential to redefine the future of their outfield.

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