MILWAUKEE — Former Milwaukee Brewers Center fielder Lorenzo Cain Has cleared waivers and is now an agent free of charge
The announcement was made by the Brewers via social media on Wednesday, four days after Lo was designated for assignment. The Brewers sent a tweet with the message “Thanks Lo!” It was accompanied by a video highlighting some of Cain’s greatest moments with the franchise.
Cain was also designated the day after he had completed 10 years of major league service. He is now fully vested in players' pension funds.
Cain, 36 years old, hit.179 this season with one homer. Cain is currently in the final year of a $80 million five-year contract that he signed in January 2018.
Cain spoke like he might have lost his playing days when he was given assignment Saturday.
Cain stated that “it just got to the point where it was probably time.” I haven't been performing the way that I would've liked but the situation is what is. I have had a fantastic career. It's not something I can be upset about, but it is time. All my coaches, trainers, and teammates whom I have played with throughout my career are my best wishes. It's been an enjoyable ride for me.
Cain participated in the All-Star Game. He was seventh in the NL MVP balloting for 2018. This helped the Brewers win their first NL Central championship since 2011. They also came one game away their first World Series appearance since 1982. As the Brewers made it back to the playoffs, he won a Gold Glove.
After playing just five games in 2020, he decided to withdraw from the short-season pandemic. In 78 games last season, Cain batted.257 and had eight homers. He also had 36 RBI.
Cain, in his first year as All-Star, helped Kansas City win 2015.