By Rob Schardt
The Marlins recent fire sale continues as star Outfielder Christian Yelich was dealt Thursday for 4 prospects. The deal was centered around Brewers top prospects, outfielder Lewis Brinson and outfielder Monte Harrison. Brinson has the skill set to become a great player in the league, but does however need to catch up to the speed of the major leagues. Last year as a rookie Brinson batted .106 in 47 plate appearances with 2 homeruns. Brinson is set to start the year off in double A ball, but has the chance to compete in the spring for a major league spot. Harrison has in the past struggled with injuries, but is a freak athlete with a cannon for an arm. Isan Diaz can be considered a gamble, due in part to his frequent strikeout rate and lack of hitting the ball square. He has a ton of power and is an above average second basemen so he can possibly be a nice addition to the Marlins in the future.
This trade the Marlins made, was in fact their best one yet due in part in receiving top prospects as in the past trades including outfielders Marcel Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton the team only received one top 100 prospect. That prospect is Sandy Alcantra who has an electrifying arm and can one-day man the Marlins rotation, that is still hurting after the tragic death of All Star Jose Fernandez.
As for the Brewers, they have received a top tier talent and one of the best outfielders in the game. Yelich is one of the most consistent hitters in the game who is a gold glove winner and also a silver slugger. Over the past two seasons Yelich has averaged 20 homeruns, 90 RBI’s and a .290 batting average. I expect Yelich to thrive in a lineup that lacks star power and now has a chance to become a leader of a franchise.
Following the trade, the Brewers signed top free agent and former Kansas City Royal, centerfielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain who was originally drafted by Milwaukee and later traded for pitcher Zack Greinke will sign a 5 year $80 million contract.
Cain, who hit .289 with 56 home runs and 308 RBIs in 713 games with Kansas City, will provide the Brewers lineup some pop as well as providing excellent defense.
The Brewers went 86-76 last year, and this included a collapse at the end of the season, so with these major acquisitions I expect the team to approach 90+ wins and move outfielder Domingo Santana for a pitcher. Santana is coming off his career best season. Only time will tell now, but can the “Brew-Crew” keep up with the Cubs?
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