While it remains to be seen if his Major League Baseball career continues, it appears that Lorenzo Cain’s time with the Milwaukee Brewers is officially over.

The Brewers designated him for assignment on Sunday, ending his second stint with the club.

The Brewers selected Cain in 2004 and he briefly played for them in 2010 before being shipped off to the Kansas City Royals in a trade for Zack Greinke. Cain played in two World Series for the Royals, winning one of them, and earning an All-Star spot in 2015. He was also named 2014 ALCS MVP.

In 2017, he signed a club-record $80 million free-agent contract to return to the Brewers. He was named an All-Star in 2018 and earned a Gold Glove in 2019. However, injuries took their toll, and Cain’s numbers have dropped off precipitously in the years since.

Cain reflected on his time not only with the Brewers but in the Major Leagues on Saturday. While he didn’t mention retirement, it sure sounded like someone who is ready for the baseball career to come to an end.

“A kid from Madison County, [Fla.], that just showed up and didn’t have a glove or a bat, cleats, any of that,” said Cain, who didn’t play baseball until he was in the 10th grade. “I had to borrow everything from the very beginning. To say that I’ve played 10-plus years in the Show, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

“It’s been a great ride for me, a fun ride. I put a lot of work in. I put this body through a lot through the years. At the same time, I think the body is ready to rest a little bit, for sure.”

A beloved player throughout his career, the news that Cain’s time with the Brewers was over garnered a lot of reactions from around the MLB world.


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