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Brewers make major decision on former All-Star Lorenzo Cain

Brewers, Lorenzo Cain DFA

The Milwaukee Brewers designated OF Lorenzo Cain for assignment on Saturday. Cain, a 2-time All-Star, has struggled mightily so far in 2022. He was slashing just .179/.231/.234 with .465 OPS and 1 home run. Brewers insider Adam McCalvy reported that the decision was mutual between Cain and the Brewers organization. The announcement was made on the day he reached 10 years of MLB service time as well.

The Brewers have designated veteran center fielder Lorenzo Cain for assignment. Cain characterized it as a mutual decision in a meeting with David Stearns and Craig Counsell this morning, the same day he reached 10 years of MLB service.

 

The future is unclear for Cain at age 36. Despite his quality reputation, teams may be hesitant to sign a declining outfielder approaching his late 30’s. But he likely will generate some interest given his track record.

Cain reflected on his baseball career following the Brewers’ announcement.

“I’m a kid from Madison County that showed up and didn’t have a glove or a bat, cleats, any of that,” Cain said in reference to his first high school baseball practice. “I kind of had to borrow everything from the very beginning. To say that I’ve played 10 plus years in the show, I couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s been a great ride for me… I think the body is ready to rest a bit for sure.”

He did not officially retire by any means. But his comments make it seem as if this could be the end of his big league career. Whether Lorenzo Cain plays another MLB game or not, it certainly was a classy move by the Brewers to hold onto him until he reached the 10-year mark.