The Brewers already have one new pitcher for their rotation, but aren’t done shopping at the Winter Meetings.
The deal for Toronto right-hander Shaun Marcum was not yet official on Monday when AOL Fanhouse, citing a Major League source, reported that the Brewers were “interested in moving” 24-year-old center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who had a successful second-half-stint with the Brewers in 2010.
That’s not surprising. General manager Doug Melvin has made it clear that almost anybody is available in trades, given the Brewers’ need for pitching. The team could conceivably part with Cain because they have other options in center field, albeit some questionable ones. Carlos Gomez has been slow to reach his potential, but he’s an excellent defender and just turned 25 on Saturday. Chris Dickerson and Brandon Boggs are on the roster as backups, and, in the Minors, the team remains very high on center fielders Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl, though Schafer’s 2010 season was marred by a groin injury.
Cain missed time in 2009 with a knee injury but bounced-back in a big way in 2010, hitting .317 with a .402 on-base percentage and 26 stolen bases in 84 games at the Double-A and Triple-A levels and then .306 with seven steals 43 games in the big leagues.
He was Milwaukee’s 17th round Draft choice in 2004 and did not play baseball until high school. Cain will turn 25 shortly after Opening Day.
As of Monday morning, the Brewers and Blue Jays were still putting the finishing touches on a trade that would send Marcum, Toronto’s Opening Day starter, to Milwaukee for infield prospect Brett Lawrie. The deal was expected to be official by the end of the day.