Lorenzo Cain, the veteran outfielder, will look to capture another championship in a new city, as it was announced today that he has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for five years totalling $80 million.
Lorenzo Cain has agreed on a 5-year, $80M deal with the #Brewers, source says. It’s the biggest free agent contract of the offseason. The deal includes no-trade protection and significant award bonuses. Milwaukee building a super outfield with addition of Yelich and Cain.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 26, 2018
Lorenzo Cain Signs with Milwaukee Brewers
Cain’s Career Profile
Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round with the 496th overall pick in the 2004 June Amateur Draft, Cain would have to wait six years before making his MLB debut in 2010. During his rookie season, Cain would play in 43 games, hitting a .306 batting average with one home run and 13 RBI. During the off-season, Cain was involved in a trade to the Kansas City Royals that would change the course of that franchise. Cain, along with shortstop Alcides Escobar and pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi would be traded to Kansas City. In exchange, Milwaukee acquired shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and pitcher Zach Greinke.
In his first season in Kansas City, Cain would only play six games, hitting a .273 batting average with a single RBI. Cain did not start in Kansas City until 2013. During that season, Cain would hit a .251 batting average with four home runs and 46 RBI. In 2015, Cain not only became a World Series champion, but also was named an All-Star. Cain was also named the MVP of the ALCS that year, and finished third in MVP voting that season. During the World Series run, Cain hit a .258 with one home run and 11 RBI. In Cain’s seven years with the Royals, he hit a .289 batting average with 56 home runs and 308 RBI. In his career, Cain has hit a .290 batting average with 57 home runs and 312 RBI.
The Impact Of The Signing
For the Brewers, they get a player who has an impressive history, and is still primed to make some more history. Cain is arguably one of the most underrated two way players in baseball today. For the Royals, they lose a player who has been an instrumental part of their team for years. But now, Cain will look to prove that his productive year wasn’t a flash in the pan.
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