Well, yesterday sure was fun for Brewer fans. Milwaukee acquired Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Jordan Yamamoto, INF Isan Diaz, OF Monte Harrison, and their top prospect Lewis Brinson. Roughly thirty minutes later, Milwaukee singed Lorenzo Cain to a five year deal worth $80 million.
The Yelich trade is fantastic for Milwaukee. Last season they had issues with consistency at the CF position and Yelich brings just that. He is excellent on both sides of the ball. Defensively he already has a gold glove to his name, and he has only committed 11 errors in his five year career (.992 Fielding%). His bat is just as impressive as his defense however, as he is a career .290 hitter and has decent power averaging about 15 homers per year over a 162 game season. The best part of acquiring Yelich? He is only 26 and under club control for the next four seasons.
There is no doubt Milwaukee paid an absolute premium to acquire Yelich. Lewis Brinson is one of the highest ranked prospects in baseball, he was the big piece in the trade that sent Lucroy to the Rangers. Isan Diaz is a highly touted prospect that was acquired in the Segura trade two seasons ago. Monte Harrison was beginning to climb his way up the very strong Milwaukee farm system. Lastly, Jordan Yamamoto is coming off an excellent season in Class A Carolina. If you are the Marlins you can more than likely bank on at least one of these guys developing into solid MLB players, Brinson may even already be one. It sucks to see so many high end prospects go, but that is what the Brewers needed to give up to acquire Yelich due to his age, his talent, and how long he is under club control for. All in all this is a great deal for both sides.
This next move however, is very confusing to me. Don’t get me wrong, Lorenzo Cain is an absolute beast. The deal Milwaukee singed him to is also for much less than I anticipated he would get. The confusing part is what happens to Domingo Santana now? I have come to the conclusion that Braun will be here until the end of his contract. You cannot pay Braun to sit on the bench so that makes Santana the odd man out. You cannot have a guy who hit 30 HR’s and drove in 85 runs sit on your bench either. There has to be a trade in the works right now involving Santana. Regardless, I am very excited to have Cain back on the team. He like Yelich, is a fantastic all-around player and the Milwaukee outfield has become one of the best in the league.
Despite a huge day yesterday, I am a firm believer in the fact that there are more moves on the way. Chris Archer is a guy I would like to see the Brewers make a deal for. Maybe Santana and a few other pieces can be packaged in a deal for him?