While the Miami Marlins’s fire sale continues, the Milwaukee Brewers are loading up for a major run as they signed center fielder Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 million deal mere hours after agreeing to acquire Christian Yelich. The Marlins traded Yelich for highly regarded outfielder Lewis Brinson, infielder Isan Diaz, outfielder Monte Harrison and right-handed pitcher Jordan Yamamoto. Brinson, Diaz and Harrison were rated among the Brewers’ top 10 prospects.

Yelich became the fourth starter traded by the Marlins as they reduce payroll and rebuild their weak farm system under new CEO Derek Jeter. The Marlins earlier dealt away major league home run champion Giancarlo Stanton, stolen base champ Dee Gordon and All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna. Yelich batted .282 with 18 homers and 81 RBIs last year, and he is a career .290 hitter. In the wake of Miami’s earlier deals this offseason, he said he preferred to play elsewhere rather than be part of a rebuilding effort. Yelich will make $7 million this season in the third year of a $49.57 million, seven-year deal.

The outfielder’s market value was high because of his contract, and the haul of prospects may be the best yet for the Marlins. The 23-year-old Brinson, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, batted .106 in 47 at-bats with the Brewers as a rookie last year but was rated as their top prospect. He’ll compete for a roster spot this spring, while the other three prospects likely will begin this season at Double-A, Hill said.

Cain, 31, returns to the organization where he began his professional career. He was a 17th-round pick by the Brewers out of Madison County High School in Florida in 2004 and broke into the majors with Milwaukee in 2010. The following year, the Brewers sent Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress to Kansas City in a trade for pitcher Zack Greinke. Cain made the 2015 All-Star team, finished third in American League MVP balloting and was a pivotal member of Kansas City’s ’15 World Championship team. Cain is a career .290 hitter who is known as an exceptional defender. He was an AL Gold Glove finalist in center field last season along with Toronto’s Kevin Pillar and Minnesota’s Byron Buxton, who won the award.

Since Cain rejected a qualifying offer from the Royals, draft compensation will result from the signing. As an organization that received revenue sharing and did not go past the competitive balance tax line in 2017, Milwaukee will have to sacrifice its third-highest draft pick. For the Royals, bidding adieu to Cain — since he signed for more than $50MM — will mean recouping a pick after the end of the first round.

Both the Marlins and Brewers may not be done dealing before Spring Training begins. The Marlins could look to dump more salary for prospects, and have controllable assets in pitcher Dan Straily, first baseman Justin Bour, and catcher JT Realmuto, who has requested a trade like Yelich. The Brewers now have a surplus of outfielders and could look to move Domingo Santana, Brett Phillips, Keon Braxton, or even Ryan Braun for starting pitching help or infield help, while still possibly being active in the free agent market.

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