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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.
Previous Hot Stove Analysis
Miami Sends Christian Yelich to Brewers
Blue Jays Acquire Randal Grichuk
Blue Jays Sign Curtis Granderson
Giants Trade for Andrew McCutchen
Twins Grab Their Closer, Sign Addison Reed
Mets Bring Back Jay Bruce on Three-Year Deal
Toronto Acquires Yangervis Solarte from San Diego
Royals, Dodgers, and White Sox Complete Three-Way Trade
Rockies Fill Closer Vacancy with Wade Davis
Arizona Adds Bullpen Depth with Yoshihisa Hirano
Indians Fill First-Base Void with Yonder Alonso
Brewers Bolster Rotation with Jhoulys Chacin
Orioles Lose Zach Britton, Brad Brach Likely Closer
Giants Add Evan Longoria, Rays Create a Mess
Red Sox Bring Back Mitch Moreland
CC Sabathia Returns to Yankees
Dodgers-Braves Make Five-Player Trade
Angels in the Infield: Zack Cozart Signs with Los Angeles
Phillies Ink Carlos Santana to Three-Year Deal
Everyone’s Signing Relievers, But Who Will Close?
Cardinals Finally Get Their Marlins Outfielder
Cubs and Twins Gamble on Smyly and Pineda
Chase Headley Gets Dumped on Padres
Cubs and Cardinals Add Potential Closers
Giancarlo Stanton Joins Yankees
Wellington Castillo Inks Deal with White Sox
Potential Closers Traded: Boxberger and Johnson
Doug Fister Signs with Rangers