Roughly an hour after the Milwaukee Brewers acquired Christian Yelich in a 4 for 1 deal, the Brewers signed free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain to a 5-year, $80 Million contract.
Lorenzo Cain hit the free agent market this offseason after turning down a qualifying offer from his former team, the Kansas City Royals. I predicted at the beginning of this offseason that Cain would wind up in San Francisco due to San Francisco’s lack of an outfield, but after the Giants acquired Andrew McCutchen earlier this offseason, this prediction became very unlikely.
The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off of a surprising 2017 season in which they came in second place in the NL Central and were just a few games back from the Wild Card. With the acquisition of Cain, the Brewers will now have an absolutely stacked outfield core that consists of Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, Keon Broxton, and of course Lorenzo Cain.
In 2017, Lorenzo Cain hit a respectable .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 26 stolen bases in 645 plate appearance with the Kansas City Royals. Cain brings an above average bat, good speed, and plus defense to a Brewers lineup that will be legitimate contenders in the upcoming 2018 season.
Despite Cain being on the wrong side of 30, he has not shown any signs of decline and will not be one of those free agent acquisitions that drops off the table in 2-years time. The Brewers will receive a veteran presence to go with the very young Brew Crew and a solid bat in the middle of their lineup. The 2018 Brewers are out for blood, and it will be fun to watch them fight for a division title in this upcoming season.