By: CBS Sports | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 25, 2018
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (CBS/WCTV) -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain, a Big Bend native, for five years and $80 million, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
Cain, 31, hit .300/.363/.440 (112 OPS+) last season while producing 5.3 WAR, which is above All-Star level.
Grabbing Cain means either Cain or the newly acquired Christian Yelich are moving to right field and pushing Domingo Santana into a part-time role, possibly shuttling between the infield and outfield.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell will have great options and still be able to find adequate playing time for Santana while being able to rest outfielders and first baseman Eric Thames when needed.
When the Brewers play in AL parks and have the DH, the lineup could be something like this:
Christian Yelich, RF
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Ryan Braun, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Domingo Santana, DH
Eric Thames, 1B
Stephen Vogt, C
Orlando Arcia, SS
Jonathan Villar, 2B
That's very good, and they'd still have a strong bench as well.
It's worth mentioning here that the Brewers have been reportedly involved in talks with starting pitchers Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb at different points through the offseason as well.
Brewers general manager David Stearns isn't messing around. He's pushing for a huge offseason after a surprisingly good 2017.
Cain is a Valdosta native and played at Madison County High School and Tallahassee Community College.
In one year at TCC, Cain hit .319 with one home run, 26 RBI and stole 10 bases.