Lorenzo Cain retires from the 2020 season


Defender of the Brewers Center Lorenzo Cain has chosen not to participate for the remainder of the 2020 season, according to a press release from the team. Baseball Operations President David Stearns commented on the situation in the statement, saying: “Lorenzo Cain have informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season. We fully support Lorenzo’s decision, and we will regret his talents on the pitch and his leadership at the clubhouse. »Cain becomes 18th player not to play in 2020, not to mention Nick Markakis who initially chose not to participate but chose to resume play for the Braves. Cain is certainly one of the biggest names on this list, a longtime veteran with a decorated resume that includes two All-Star appearances, a gold glove and a World Series ring as a member of the 2015 Royals.

There has been no word on whether or not Cain is withdrawing for personal medical reasons, and if Cain is not at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, his decision will mean he is takes away from the pro-rated share of his initial salary of $ 16 million for the 2020 season. This is obviously not a small amount of money, although less expensive for a player who has already racked up well over $ 50 million in career earnings and expected to earn $ 33 million in the 2021/22 seasons under the terms of the Five. -year, $ 80 million deal he signed with Milwaukee in January 2018.

Like all teams, the Brewers have had their fair share of COVID-19 cases, with Luis Urias and Ange Perdomo both tested positive before the start of summer camp. (Eric Lauer also ran out of time after exposure to someone who was COVID-positive, although Lauer himself didn’t have the virus.) It’s fair to wonder if Cain’s decision didn’t necessarily was motivated by her own team, but rather by the wider scope of coronavirus cases around the National League in particular, with the Marlins and Cardinals. Milwaukee, in fact, was supposed to be the Cardinals’ opponent this weekend before an outbreak at the St. Louis clubhouse led to two postponed games and will almost certainly keep both clubs from playing on Sunday.

From a baseball perspective, losing Cain is certainly a blow to a Milwaukee team that was yearning for at least one more playoff appearance. As Cain came out of an injury-hampered 2019 season that saw just 0.697 OPS out of 623 home plate appearances, he still managed to generate 1.5 fWAR due to his excellent central field defense. Prior to 2019, Cain has been a significantly above-average offensive player in his previous five seasons, hitting .301 / .361 / .433 on 2,805 PA from 2014 to 2018 with the Royals and Brewers.

Without Cain, I am Gamel now appears to be the Brewers’ main center-back. Gamel has shown decent potential as an everyday player with the Mariners and part-time with the Brewers, hitting a respectable .266 / .336 / .391 on 1199 PA from 2017-19, although the jury is still out. at its center. field glove. Gamel has a -5.0 UZR / 150 and minus-1 defensive points saved in just 181 career innings at center, the vast majority of his playing time in the big league having come as a corner fielder. Avisail Garcia is the only other realistic midfield candidate on Milwaukee’s active roster, so the Brew Crew could look to one of the other options (Keon Broxton, Corey Ray, or Tyrone Taylor) in their pool of 60 players.


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