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MLB Winter Meetings: An Option For Braves Center Field Emerges

According to Ed Price of Fanhouse, the Milwaukee Brewers appear willing to trade center fielder Lorenzo Cain. With him being an athletic center fielder, naturally the Braves will pop up as a potential candidate.

In 148 plate appearances in 2010, Cain hit .306/.348/.415 with one home run and 13 RBI. He has flashed on-base ability in second stints through his time in the minors, recording an OBP of .358 with A+ and .409 with AA in 2010, both second attempts in the league. His walk rate surpassed 10% in 280 plate appearances in AA last season, and he has maintained good enough walk rates through the minors. Cain does not project to have power, but his on-base numbers show top of the order potential.

Cain also provides solid defense in center. He flashes great speed and first step instincts along with a solid arm. I was able to see him in Atlanta this past season and would not mind seeing him roam the outfield in Turner Field for the Braves.

The Brewers are looking to add a starting pitcher in return, which the Braves are certainly capable of providing. It is pure speculation but at least another option for the Braves to consider if they are not satisfied with Nate McLouth and are able to grab him at the right price.

Also noticed early in the meetings is interest from the Dodgers in Matt Diaz, according to Ken Gurnick at MLB.com. Diaz would more than likely resume his normal platoon duties if signed by the Dodgers.

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