Thursday, May 15, 2008
Brewers Lock Up LF Ryan Braun to 8-Year Deal
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun to an eight-year, $45 million contract.
The contract includes this season and a seven-year extension, meaning Braun will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, general manager Doug Melvin announced Thursday.
The deal exceeds the six-year, $31 million contract signed by Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who fell short in the rookie balloting.
Braun hit .324 with 34 homers and 97 RBIs last season after a May 26 callup. He has hit nine homers and driven in 29 runs so far this season, batting .287.
Stroy from AP