Free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain has four-year offers from multiple teams as he begins to narrow his choices of where he will play in 2018, Jon Heyman reports.
According to Heyman, Cain remains unsure of which of the offers he will accept, but has begun informing unnamed teams that he is no longer considering signing with them.
lorenzo cain has begun informing some teams they are out of consideration. unclear exactly how close he is to a final call, though, as he's believed to be weighing a variety of offers.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2018
lorenzo cain is believed to have received several 4-year offers at this point. unclear exactly when his call is coming though he has narrowed the field.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2018
Cain remains the best outfield free agent on a market that has been developing ever-so-slowly. The 31-year-old is known for his above-average speed and defense, but Cain also enjoyed one of the best offensive seasons in his career last year, finishing with a 112 OPS+ while hitting 15 home runs, both the second-highest marks of his eight-year career.
Heyman’s report may not suggest that Cain is close to signing, but he definitely is drawing closer to a decision. Teams that may have an interest include the Brewers and Rangers, while the Giants may be out on the Cain sweepstakes after acquiring outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Austin Jackson.