Lorenzo Cain signed a five-year deal with the Brewers prior to the 2018 Major League Baseball season. In the final year of that contract now, he has played in 43 games this season and posted an awful .465 OPS. Cain was a productive player in the first year with Milwaukee while earning All-Star honors and finishing seventh in the National League MVP voting. He won a Gold Glove in 2019 despite being below average offensively. After opting out of most of the 2020 season for family reasons, and he did put up a solid enough year in 2021, posting a 729 OPS.
But he has fallen off a cliff at 36 in 2022. Replaced now by Jonathan Davis, Cain’s run in Milwaukee is over and he’ll likely go through waivers unclaimed. Another team could look to the veteran as a clubhouse presence, but it’s clear he offers little on the field at this stage.
Davis has played 134 games at the Major League level split between Toronto and New York. At age 30, he has an .834 OPS with Nashville this season, and he’s flashed a strong ability to steal bases swiping 11 in 12 tries.
It’s the end of an era for a former star in Milwaukee, and it may be the end of the line when it comes to his career as well. Nice of the Brew Crew to allow Cain an opportunity to reach the 10 year threshold, and something very few players can claim.
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