The Milwaukee Brewers today made the difficult choice to designate OF Lorenzo Cain for assignment. This move comes on the same day Cain reached 10 years of service time.
Cain was selected by the Brewers in the 17th round of the 2004 MLB draft out of Tallahassee Community College. Cain spent a few years in the Brewers minor league system before making his Major League Debut on July 16, 2010 against the Atlanta Braves and was robbed of a hit on that day but recorded his first major league hit two days later. Cain went onto to appear in 43 games for the Brewers in the 2010 campaign.
In 2011, the Crew traded Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress, Jake Odorizzi to the Kansas City Royals for Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt. Cain had a solid stint with the Royals, going to multiple All Star Games in 2015 and 2016, won the ALCS MVP in 2014, and winning a World Series with the Royals in 2015.
In 2018 with the Brewers rebuild being ahead of schedule, the Brewers swung a trade for Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich and signed Lorenzo Cain to a five-year $80 million all in the span of 24 hours.
Cain in 2018, was an All-Star after batting .290 with eight home runs, 26 RBI’s, 15 stolen bases. Cain in 2019, hit .260, with 11 home runs and 48 RBI’s Cain was much more known for his defense in 2019, despite battling several injuries, Cain had the best fielding percentage of all Major League Center Fielder (.994) and was awarded his first Gold Glove of his career.
Cain played in five games in the shortened 2020 season before opting out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cain returned in 2021, but only played in 78 games due to a hamstring injury that forced him to miss almost two months of action. Cain batted .257 with eight home runs, 36 RBI’s and 13 stolen bases.
This season, the bottom fell out for Cain in 43 games Cain slashed .179, 1 home run, and 9 RBI’s. Cain recently told The Athletic’s Andy McCullough that this would have likely been his last year.
Cain knows the end is near, but the good news is he does have plans for his post-playing career. Cain in 2020 re-devoted himself to the Church and went through what he described as a “spiritual awakening.” Cain has invested in strip malls and other properties near his home in Norman, Okla.
Thank you Lorenzo Cain for representing the Brewers organization well. You were a respected leader in the clubhouse, an elite defensive center fielder, and helping turn the Brewers into consistent contenders.
Good luck in the future Lo.