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With Acquisition Of Christian Yelich, Brewers Have Outfield Logjam

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It’s been a busy week for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Not only did they sign free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 million deal, they also acquired outfielder Christian Yelich in a trade with the Miami Marlins.

News of both transactions broke on Thursday; Cain’s signing became official on Friday after passing a physical exam.

To acquire Yelich, Milwaukee sent four prospects to Miami, including #1 rated Lewis Brinson (#13 in MLB) and #4 rated Monte Harrison:

The acquisitions of Cain and Yelich create a big logjam for the Brewers as far as their outfield goes; Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton, Hernan Perez, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana are also currently part of the mix.

Due to this logjam, Milwaukee will surely look to complete some trades prior to Opening Day.

Yelich, 26, is owed $44.5 million over the next four years of his current contract, according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.

In five career seasons with the Marlins (since 2013), Yelich is a .290/.369/.432 hitter. This past year, he hit .282 with 18 homers, 81 RBIs and a career-high 100 runs; this followed a 2016 that saw him set career-highs with 21 homers and 98 RBIs.

Though he’s yet to make an All-Star team, Yelich is going to be a star in the league for years to come, as he has a Gold Glove (2014) and Silver Slugger (2016) under his belt, as well as his increased offensive production the last two years.

Yelich was a center fielder for all of 2017 (no other position) after primarily being a left fielder for the first four years of his career.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Marlins Sign Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr.

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The Miami Marlins have formally announced the signing of the Mesa brothers, Victor Victor and Victor Jr., and will be streaming a press conference to introduce the brothers on their website and on Periscope.

Victor Victor is expected to receive a bonus in excess of $5.25 million while Victor Jr. received a $1 million bonus, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Victor Victor, the son of Cuban baseball luminary Victor Mesa, was widely considered to be the most coveted amateur free agent on the International market at current, while his 17-year old brother boasts an above-average arm and plus contact ability with plenty of upside and potential.

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Phillies Acquire Justin Bour

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The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour, along with cash considerations, from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left handed pitching prospect McKenzie Mills, according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

The Marlins will cover roughly half of Bour’s remaining salary for the season, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

 

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