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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.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.