Lorenzo Cain Opts Out Of 2020 Season
Brewers heart fielder Lorenzo Cain has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season, in response to a staff press launch. President of baseball operations David Stearns commented on the state of affairs within the launch, saying “Lorenzo Cain has knowledgeable us that he won’t take part for the rest of the 2020 season. We totally help Lorenzo’s resolution, and can miss his abilities on the sphere and management within the clubhouse.”
Cain turns into the 18th participant to choose out of taking part in in 2020, not counting Nick Markakis who initially opted out however selected to renew taking part in for the Braves. Cain is actually one of many largest names on that checklist, a long-time veteran with a adorned resume that features two All-Star appearances, a Gold Glove, and a World Sequence ring as a member of the 2015 Royals.
There hasn’t been any phrase as as to whether or not Cain was opting out as a consequence of any private medical cause, and if Cain isn’t at an elevated danger of contracting COVID-19, his resolution will imply that he’s strolling away from the prorated portion of his authentic $16MM wage for the 2020 season. It’s no small amount of cash, clearly, although much less of a monetary value for a participant who has already banked nicely over $50MM in profession earnings, and is slated to earn $33MM over the 2021/22 seasons as per the phrases of the five-year, $80MM deal he signed with Milwaukee in January 2018.
Like all groups, the Brewers have had their share of COVID-19 circumstances, with Luis Urias and Angel Perdomo each testing optimistic earlier than the beginning of Summer time Camp. (Eric Lauer additionally missed time after publicity to somebody who was COVID-positive, although Lauer himself didn’t have the virus.) It’s truthful to wonder if Cain’s resolution was prompted not essentially by his personal staff, however moderately the broader scope of coronavirus circumstances across the Nationwide League specifically, with the Marlins and Cardinals. Milwaukee, in truth, was imagined to be the Cardinals’ opponent this weekend earlier than an outbreak inside the St. Louis clubhouse led to 2 postponed video games and nearly actually will stop the 2 golf equipment from taking part in on Sunday.
From a baseball perspective, shedding Cain is actually a blow to a Milwaukee staff that had aspirations of one other postseason look, at minimal. Whereas Cain was coming off an injury-hampered 2019 season that noticed publish solely a .697 OPS over 623 plate appearances, he nonetheless managed to generate 1.5 fWAR as a consequence of his usually glorious heart discipline protection. Previous to 2019, Cain has been a solidly above-average offensive performer over his earlier 5 seasons, hitting .301/.361/.433 over 2805 PA from 2014-18 with the Royals and Brewers.
With out Cain, Ben Gamel now appears to be like to be the Brewers’ main heart fielder. Gamel has proven respectable potential as each an on a regular basis participant with the Mariners and a part-timer with the Brewers, hitting a good .266/.336/.391 over 1199 PA from 2017-19, although the jury remains to be out on his heart discipline glovework. Gamel has a -5.zero UZR/150 and minus-1 Defensive Runs Saved over solely 181 profession innings in heart, because the overwhelming majority of his huge league taking part in time has come as a nook outfielder. Avisail Garcia is the one different sensible heart discipline candidate on Milwaukee’s energetic roster, so the Brew Crew might flip to one of many different choices (Keon Broxton, Corey Ray, or Tyrone Taylor) inside their 60-man participant pool.