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Report: Brewers sign Lorenzo Cain to five-year, $80 million deal

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The Brewers have added their second outfielder of the day. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the club has signed free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain. It’s a five-year, $80 million deal, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The contract includes no-trade protection and award bonuses.

Cain joins newcomer Christian Yelichacquired earlier — in the Brewers’ outfield. He will presumably play center field while Yelich will handle right field and Ryan Braun will return to left field. That means that Domingo Santana and/or Keon Broxton will almost certainly be traded, likely in an attempt to acquire starting pitching. Braun could also be traded to offload some salary.

Cain, 31, hit .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 26 stolen bases in 645 plate appearances with the Royals last year. He brings an above-average bat, speed, and plus defense to the Brewers, who have set themselves up as legitimate contenders in the NL Central.

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.