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The Brewers have signed 31-year-old Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 million contract to play somewhere in their outfield. With the acquisition of Christian Yelich earlier in the evening, the Brewers have a revamped outfield with two above-average center fielders. Cain returns to the Brewers after being part of the Zack Greinke trade.
Like Yelich, Cain is an all-around player, hitting .300 with 15 homers and 26 stolen bases in 2017. For the Brewers, he’ll hit near the top of the lineup and will generate a ton of counting stats. His RBI total could suffer if he bats leadoff, but some of those losses could be offset by a small power boost from leaving the power-suppressing Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City. Fantasy owners should expect double-digit home runs and stolen bases with a near .300 batting average in 2018.
The big loser in this deal seems to be Domingo Santana. Ryan Braun’s salary makes him almost untradeable without the Brewers paying nearly all of it, so it seems Santana will be the odd man out. Santana is too valuable of an asset to be sitting on a bench, so there’s a good chance he’s traded in the coming weeks. Another possibility is keeping Santana in the outfield and letting Braun play some first base. No matter what happens, it seems like the Brewers have one more move to make.
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