Brewers Agree to Five-Year, $80 Million Deal With Lorenzo Cain

  • Brewers Agree to Five-Year, $80 Million Deal With Lorenzo Cain

Brewers Agree to Five-Year, $80 Million Deal With Lorenzo Cain

The Miami Marlins traded center fielder Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night for four prospects. In six minor-league seasons, Brinson hit.287 with 89 home runs and 96 stolen bases.

Even though the Brew Crew have improved their outfield and batting order with recent moves, Milwaukee still has glaring needs that could be filled in a swap with Los Angeles. The $80M deal is now the largest contract signed by any free agent in what has been a slow offseason. He's a plus runner who can play all three outfield spots, and has the power for a corner, with 21 homers previous year, setting a new career high. "His combination of speed, fielding prowess and ability to hit for average will be a valuable addition to our lineup". He was originally drafted by the Brewers and spent his rookie season in Milwaukee in 2010. Three of the four prospects in the Yelich trade are blue-chip talents and paid $80 million over five years for Cain. Cain is still good, but it's understandable to worry about giving a contract like this out to a player who's nearly 32.

Yelich, a left-handed hitter, has evolved into a multi-dimensional threat in recent seasons.

If all goes as planned, Cain's contract will be the richest in Brewers history.

That being said, Cain's defensive prowess is impossible to ignore. "I think you always expect that".

Keon Broxton and Brett Phillips, two other outfielders known for defense, could also be trading commodities. There was buzz recently that good old Milwaukee was in frothy pursuit of Dodgers free agent Yu Darvish.

The biggest question remains whether they'll have enough pitching, especially with staff ace Jimmy Nelson likely out until at least midseason following shoulder surgery in September.

Yelich led Major League center fielders last season in fielding percentage (.997) and ranked second in starts (155) and fourth in total chances (372) as he committed just a single error all year. He led all Major League Baseball center fielders with a.997 fielding percentage and committed just one error all season, his first full campaign in center.