Lorenzo Cain was designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. Here's what that means.
Lorenzo Cain was designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday before the team's game against the Cincinnati Reds on the day he reached 10 years of MLB service.
What does designated for assignment mean and why is that milestone significant for the veteran centerfielder?
Here's what you should know.
What does designated for assignment mean?
According to Major League Baseball , a player is removed from the 40-man roster when the player's contract is designated for assignment.
The player can be traded or be completely waived within seven days of the DFA.
If the player is claimed by another team, he can be optioned to the minor leagues or assigned to their 26-man roster. A player could reject the minor-league assignment and enter free agency based on service time, for example.
What's next for Cain?
He could retire, which is something he already said was a strong possibility after the season, or another team could sign him after he clears waivers. Cain told reporters in Cincinnati he would take a couple days to decide what his plans will be.
Why did the Brewers designate Cain for assignment?
Cain said "it was time" and that the decision was mutual as he acknowledged he wasn't producing to his standards. Teams designate players to open a spot on their 40-man roster and usually add a new player.
The Brewers did just that with the addition of outfielder Jonathan Davis from Class AAA Nashville.
Who is Jonathan Davis ?
Davis is 30 years old and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 in the 15th round. He has spent most of his career in the minors but made his MLB debut in 2018 with the Blue Jays.
He was claimed off waivers by the Yankees during the 2021 season.
This was his first season in the Brewers organization.
With the Nashville Sounds, he was batting .297, .408 OBP, .426 OPS, with 44 hits, three home runs, 18 RBI in 148 at-bats across 38 games.
He has played 134 total games in the majors with a .171 average,.272. OBP and .520 OPS.
Did MLB's 10-year pension rule have something to do with Cain being designated for assignment today?
Yes. The Brewers waited until Saturday to DFA Cain because he reached 10 years of service.
When a player reaches that milestone, he becomes fully vested in the MLB Players Association pension. It guarantees a minimum of $68,000 a year for retired players and up to $220,000 if they wait until they’re 62.
How old is Cain?
Cain is 36 years old.
What was Cain's contract?
This was the final year of the contract Cain signed before the 2018 season.
He signed a five-year deal worth $80 million, the largest the club had extended to a player . The Brewers signed Cain on the same day the team made the huge trade for Christian Yelich.
What were Cain's stats with the Brewers in 2022?
In 145 at-bats in 2022, Cain had a .179 average, .231 OBP and .465 OPS. He had 26 hits, one home run, nine RBI and two SB.
What are Cain's career stats?
For his career, he has hit .283 with a .343 OBP and .750 OPS. He has 1,220 hits, 87 home runs, 454 RBI and 190 SB.
In 2018, the year in which he finished seventh in NL MVP voting, he batted .308, .395 and .812 and played in 141 games. He played in 148 games the following year, but in 2020, after five games he opted out the rest of the season during the pandemic-shortened year.
Cain returned in 2021 but injuries plagued him as he only played in 78 games and batted .257, .329 and .730.
Cain started his career with the Brewers
The Brewers drafted Cain in 2004 out of Tallahassee Community College. He made his major-league debut in 2010 and was traded to the Kansas City Royals that December. He won a World Series with the Royals in 2015.
Cain won a Gold Glove with the Brewers
Cain for years was known as one of the best outfielders in the game and his home-run stealing grabs were must-see. He was finally rewarded with a Gold Glove in 2019.
Here is one of the most memorable catches (the 2019 season opener against the Cardinals to take away a home run in the ninth inning that ended the game).
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Tigers Sign Jonathan Davis To Minor League Deal
By Darragh McDonald | January 30, 2023 at 1:31pm CDT
The Tigers today announced a batch of 22 non-roster players that received invitations to major league Spring Training. That group included plenty of players who had already been in the system, as well as those signed to previously-reported minor league deals. One name on the list that wasn’t already expected to be in camp was that of outfielder Jonathan Davis , indicating he’s been signed to a minor league deal.
Davis, 31 in May, has appeared in the past five major league seasons, but primarily as a reserve outfielder. He didn’t play more than 64 games in any of those campaigns and has appeared in 171 contests overall. He hasn’t been able to take advantage of those brief opportunities thus far, having hit .185/.291/.245 in 350 career plate appearances for a wRC+ of 54. He’s fared much better in the minor leagues, with a Triple-A slash line of .260/.366/.419 for a 113 wRC+, though he hasn’t been able to come close to that in the bigs. The Brewers outrighted him off their roster in September and he became a free agent at season’s end.
Despite that low offensive output, Davis will bring a solid floor thanks to his speed and defense. Statcast considered his sprint speed to be in the 70th percentile last year, which has helped him steal 18 bases in 21 career tries while also producing eight Outs Above Average in 858 2/3 outfield innings.
The Tigers don’t have much certainty in their outfield mix at present. Riley Greene should be getting everyday action in center field but is still very young and has just 93 games of major league experience. Austin Meadows spent much of last year on the injured list and only got into 36 games. Akil Baddoo followed up a breakout 2021 with a dismal 2022 where he hit just .204/.289/.269. Kerry Carpenter had a nice debut but in a small sample of just 31 games. Depth options on the 40-man include Matt Vierling and Tyler Nevin , neither of whom are fully established big leaguers at this point. Davis will serve as a veteran option for a club that was decimated by injuries last year and surely would like to have plenty of depth on hand. If he makes his way back onto the roster, he’s out of options and can’t be easily sent back to the minors, but he could be retained for future seasons since he has between two and three years of MLB service time.
1 month ago
Nice signing! Korn is awesome!
Will JD have time in between Korn and touring to play baseball? That’s quite a workload.
I can see, I can see I’m going blind.
.185 MLB avg….Korn reference. What, is his walkup song “Blind?”
Ah, now I get it! My bad!
Lol if his walk up song is Blind, that would be hilarious!
Hey, maybe his cap flies off when he runs.
Hate the band, but I’m glad someone made this reference. I was going to if nobody had.
The next Baddoo?? Tigers in 5
Guess Korn won’t be touring from March-October
How to say “minor league depth” in less than 500 words! Must need filler material otherwise he could have been a bullet point under “minor league depth signings.”
I have seen the dude make a few great plays. He def is fast. Could do a lot worse for depth.
A very serviceable defender and they can have him up and down till 2027.
4 weeks ago
So, we can regularly expect him to be a Kornish Hen?
Hopefully the Tigers organizational coaching braintrust can convince Davis to change his stance and swing. He needs to go all Walter Hriniak and swing down on the ball and put the ball on the goriund and run. He needs to get rid of the uppercut swingplane. He might get a .270 average and stick in the bigs if he can master it.
One less uppercut swing in the bigs and were one step cloer to real baseball again.
Hinch demands at least a 45 degree swing plain and to “let the pitch get deep for more flyballs”….he actually said that.
How is Vierling now classed as a “depth option”?
Same way they fail to mention Malloy. Even this site displays mid to small market blinders at times. If your team is not in a big market, or predicted to contend, the team is blurry to them. Don’t worry that they don’t know every thing about Detroit’s players. Harris doesn’t either.
The guy is 5′ 8″ tall….is this why Harris lowered the fences?
LOL!!!! He is kinda short for a outfielder.
A boom dah, dah boom dah dah mey ahha
That .185 BA, makes him fit right in !
The Tigers suck at getting anyone with value. Seems like this new GM is just sitting back and thinking, “imma just chill for this first season & see what we have”……we have a last place team, nerd!!
“Getting anyone with value” you mean they’re not spending money. Yes that’s intentional. Why would Harris put his chips in the middle of the table when he just walked in? Gotta read the room first man
I didn’t exactly mean like the Marlins won their championships. He just confuses me by cutting Candelario and then getting nothing to the point that we have to hope & pray that Maton,Kreidler, etc, step up. I wished they wudda got Segura if they’re going this route. And they did try for Segura.
Someone should make up/start the rumor that Chris Illich actually cares. But being hockey season, no one would believe it….. Oilers fans were in on it.
This example makes it so.clear, how the actions of ONE PERSON, affects the lives of everyone on the planet.
Some people ppl le just Don keep their word.
They’ll do great.
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Brewers outright Jonathan Davis
Davis completed his rehab assignment but will not rejoin the big-league roster
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The Brewers outrighted outfielder Jonathan Davis on Sunday, per the team’s transaction page .
The club did not officially announce the move, so it flew under the radar over the weekend.
Davis joined the big-league roster midway through June when the Brewers designated Lorenzo Cain for assignment.
In 91 plate appearances, Davis showcased a patient eye at the plate, walking 15.4% of the time and posting a .344 on-base percentage.
However, he did next to no hitting, batting .224 and slugging .237, which translated to a 77 wRC+.
When the Brewers promoted Garrett Mitchell near the end of August, Davis hit the injured list with a right elbow contusion in a corresponding move. He embarked on a rehab assignment two weeks ago.
His rehab appears to be complete, but Davis will not reclaim a spot on the active roster. Speed and strong defense are his strong suits, but Mitchell gives the Brewers plenty of coverage in those areas. It’s also possible that Esteury Ruiz climbed ahead of Davis on the organizational depth chart.
Davis may reject his outright assignment to Triple-A and elect free agency, but there are no public indications that he has done so.
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Brewers' Jonathan Davis: Contract selected by Milwaukee
Davis ' contract was selected from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
Davis began the season in Nashville, where he slashed .297/.408/.426 with three homers, 22 runs, 18 RBI and 11 stolen bases. The 30-year-old made major-league appearances for the Blue Jays and Yankees over the last four seasons and should provide outfield depth for Milwaukee after Lorenzo Cain was designated for assignment Saturday. Davis is starting in center field and batting ninth against the Reds on Saturday.
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- Fullname: Jonathan Davis
- Born: 5/12/1992 in Camden, AR
- Draft: 2013, Toronto Blue Jays, Round: 15, Overall Pick: 445
- College: Central Arkansas
- Debut: 9/05/2018
Claimed off waivers by New York-AL from Toronto on 8/3...Signed as a free agent with Milwaukee on 11/17.
Spent the first 40 games of Toronto’s season at the alternate training site in Rochester, NY, before he was recalled on Sept. 7...Made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top-10 five times for defensive plays in 2019, and did so again twice in 2020 (Sept. 22 vs. NYY and Sept. 27 vs. BAL)...Homered in his 1st at-bat of the season, a two-run homer on Sept. 8 vs. NYY to help propel the Jays to a 2-1 win...was his 3rd career home run and his 1st go-ahead homer...Stole his only base of the season on Sept. 12 vs. NYM and is now 7-for-8 in stolen base attempts for his career...His catch to save a home run on Sept. 27 vs. BAL earned him MLB’s Play of the Week Award, making him the 1st AL player to win the award twice (also May 29, 2019 at TB)...Named to Toronto’s Wild Card roster but did not play.
Made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 five times for defensive plays, once for Toronto and four times for Triple-A Buffalo...Started the season on the injured list with a right ankle sprain (until April 23)...Recalled from Buffalo on May 10, July 5, Sept. 3...Optioned on April 24, June 5, July 7...Went 77-for-294 (.262) in 82 games for the Bisons...Hit a two-run shot off of Hunter Wood for his 1st career home run and RBI on May 27 vs. TB...Won the MLB Play of the Week Award for his catch on May 29 at TB...Singled and doubled for his 1st career multi-hit game on Sept. 7 at TB...On Sept. 23 vs. BAL, followed Brandon Drury's homer with his 2nd home run of the season, forming Toronto's team record 14th set of back-to-back homers (11 in 1999).
Started the season with 77 games in Double-A New Hampshire where he hit .302 (92-for-305) with 22-2B, 3-3B, 5-HR, 33-RBI and 19-SB ... Was promoted to Buffalo in mid-July and made his Triple-A debut on July 13 (1-for-5, 2R, 1RBI, 1SB) ... Batted .249 (46-for-185) with 7-2B, 2-3B, 5-HR, 23-RBI and 7-SB over 46 games for the Bisons ... Had contract selected on Sept. 4... Made his MLB debut on Sept. 5 vs. TB (0-for-3) ... Stole his 1st base as part of a double steal with Devon Travis on Sept. 11 at BOS ... Collected his 1st MLB hit via a single in the 6th inning off David Price on Sept. 12 at BOS ... On Sept. 25 vs. HOU, led off the opening inning with his 1st career double.
Played the full season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats ... Went 4-for-5 on June 18 at Bowie for his 1st professional four-hit game ... Put together a four-game multi-hit streak from July 16-19 (8-for-12, 2B, 3B, 2HR, 5RBI, 6BB, 1K) ... Finished the season with a team-best 20 stolen bases (34 attempts) while registering a .249 average in 128 games ... Led the club with 69 walks, 20 more than any other Fisher Cat ... Posted a .994 fielding percentage (2 E/312 TC) over 1052.1 innings in the outfield ... Played in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas and hit .295 (23-for-78) with six doubles, a home run and seven stolen bases.
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Blue Jays’ Socrates Brito designated for assignment, Jonathan Davis recalled
Toronto Blue Jays' Socrates Brito swings for an RBI-single off Oakland Athletics' Aaron Brooks in the second inning on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Ben Margot/AP)
TORONTO — The Socrates Brito experiment has ended, at least for now.
After striking out 17 times in his first 39 at-bats with the Toronto Blue Jays , Brito was officially designated for assignment Friday afternoon with Jonathan Davis recalled to take his place on the roster.
#BlueJays DFA Socrates Brito, who struck out 17 times in his first 39 at bats Jonathan Davis is here https://t.co/kS9afpm1Q1 — Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 10, 2019
Davis, who appeared in 20 games for the Blue Jays last year, was hitting .306 with four homers and a 1.125 OPS at triple-A Buffalo. He’ll start in centre field Friday.
Brito’s out of options, which means he’ll now be available to the other 29 teams. But with a .077 average and .291 OPS, he could go unclaimed, in which case the Blue Jays could assign him to triple-A.
So, as things stand, Javy Guerra takes Thomas Pannone’s spot on the 25-man roster and the DFA’d Socrates Brito’s place on 40-man roster. Jonathan Davis takes the spot of Brito on the roster. And Pannone and will be recalled if/when Jays place Clay Buchholz on DL. — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 10, 2019
Meanwhile, Javy Guerra re-joins the Blue Jays to take the place of Thomas Pannone .
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Brewers Outright Jonathan Davis
The Brewers have sent Jonathan Davis outright to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. There had not been any public indication that Davis had been designated for assignment but the club evidently quietly slipped him through waivers in recent days.
Davis, 30, was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in 2013 and stayed in that organization through August of 2021, before going to the Yankees on a waiver claim. He made his MLB debut in 2018 and spent the next few years oscillating between the minors and the majors, getting into 134 total games by the end of 2021. Davis has got the life of a speedy outfielder with strong defense but never provided much with the bat in the big leagues. He went from the Jays to the Yankees on a waiver claim before being outrighted, electing free agency and signing a minor league deal with the Brewers for 2022.
He was selected to Milwaukee’s 40-man roster in June and got into 37 games this year. He stole seven bases and was worth four Outs Above Average in center field in that short time, but hit just .224/.344/.237 for a wRC+ of 77. That’s a bit better than his career line of .185/.291/.245 but still below league-average.
Davis was placed on the injured list in late August due to a right elbow effusion and began a rehab assignment on September 9. It seems the club didn’t want Davis to retake his roster spot and outrighted him rather than putting him back in the majors. As a player who has previously been outrighted in his career, Davis can reject the assignment and elect free agency. It’s not clear if he has done so, though even if he accepts, he would have that right again at the end of the season.
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Cain DFA'd.... Jonathan Davis contract selected
By Jastro , June 18, 2022 in Milwaukee Brewers Talk
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Faulting Cain for opting out during a global pandemic is just stupid. Sorry. What a terrible take
June 18, 2022
The cost of 1 win in WAR over the last few years is around $9-10 million. Cain produced 11.5 in WAR over the course of his latest tenure with the Brewers, including this season. So, purely by the numb
I know I've been advocating for it relentlessly, but I do have this empty feeling in my stomach knowing that it's actually happened now. Cain has been such a great player and representative for this f
Sad in a way but man did it ever need to happen. Im kinda in shock
His time here teeters on disappointment for me but he did just enough to probably avoid that label. He was outstanding in 2018 and his glove bailed him out in 2019... After that it was pretty rough.
Darn I was hoping for Dahl
On 6/18/2022 at 1:04 PM, Jastro said:
I know I've been advocating for it relentlessly, but I do have this empty feeling in my stomach knowing that it's actually happened now. Cain has been such a great player and representative for this franchise and it'll be weird not seeing his smiling face on the field or in the dugout. Best wishes in retirement, Lorenzo, and we'll see you in a few years or so when you're inducted into the Brewers Wall of Honor.
Didn't know this but today was the day he reached 10 years of service and thus was guaranteed maximum pension. So they waited for that to DFA.
1 minute ago, OldSchoolSnapper said: His time here teeters on disappointment for me but he did just enough to probably avoid that label. He was outstanding in 2018 and his glove bailed him out in 2019... After that it was pretty rough.
Last year was solid, too. He just completely fell off a cliff this year. But I don't think there's any doubt he earned his deal. His 2018 was MVP-type stuff and was a big reason we made it to game 7 of the NLCS. Then, in 2019, his glove was the stuff of legends, as represented by his game-saving home run robbery to close out the victory on opening day against the Cardinals.
For what he was earning I would have liked the OPS to be around .800 but the guy was 35. It was hard to tell with him always grimacing but it felt like the body really started to fail him last season. He was OK last year, but missed a ton of time. One of those deals where the first year and a half looked like a bargain and the back-end imploded worse than they'd probably built into the contract. There have been far worse contracts, but I also felt like there was a bit of buyers remorse causing some to overstate how much his glove compensated for lack of offense.
Good player, very likable guy, but it was time.
Sad but inevitable.
I'm actually pretty sad, but it was time. Probably the best defensive Brewers CF in my lifetime
Inevitable but a sad end to an era.
Guess my wait to see if we can recoup some of his salary in a trade was spot on. Does anyone know how much we have to eat in salary?
Wow. I DID NOT see this coming. I thought he'd become Designated Veteran Bench Mascot but didn't expect to see a DFA in June.
8 minutes ago, Thurston Fluff said: Guess my wait to see if we can recoup some of his salary in a trade as spot on. Does anyone know how much we have to eat in salary?
They have to pay all of it unless he's traded or something but it sounds like all parties arrived at this together and he is going to retire. He said he'll give it a day or two but he sure sounded like a guy who is done. The Brewers did him a solid by allowing the year of service to accumulate thereby guaranteeing full salary and max pension.
9 minutes ago, Thurston Fluff said: Guess my wait to see if we can recoup some of his salary in a trade was spot on. Does anyone know how much we have to eat in salary?
If he were to say, retire next week, are we in the hook for remaining money?
Oof. I understand it, but this move hurts. Lorenzo is special enough so losing him in the Greinke trade was a big sting for me. Thus I was extra delighted at his return in 2018.
Enjoy your THREE KID$, Lo. You've earned your success and deserve a rest.
5 minutes ago, OldSchoolSnapper said: They have to pay all of it unless he's traded or something but it sounds like all parties arrived at this together and he is going to retire. He said he'll give it a day or two but he sure sounded like a guy who is done. The Brewers did him a solid by allowing the year of service to accumulate thereby guaranteeing full salary and max pension.
Yea, I was wondering what his salary was this season. It appears to be $17,000,000. That is a lot of money to eat. Even if it is just the prorated portion.
Count me as also expecting the designated veteran bench mascot. And with the DH a 5th OF type doesn't need to see a whole lot of playing time. So I'm a little sad as well, I wonder how much discussion there might have been ahead of this with Cain directly. I'm also kind of surprised he just hit the 10 year mark in service time.
53 minutes ago, OldSchoolSnapper said: Didn't know this but today was the day he reached 10 years of service and thus was guaranteed maximum pension. So they waited for that to DFA.
That was really classy of the Brewers to wait until he reached 10 years...
28 minutes ago, Brock Beauchamp said: Wow. I DID NOT see this coming. I thought he'd become Designated Veteran Bench Mascot but didn't expect to see a DFA in June.
Does MLB have a limit on the number of bench coaches?
I'm sorry but will not remember him fondly. Paid $80 million for 1 good year. He was already injury prone and he does absolutely nothing to stay in shape in 2020. No surprise that he broke down last year. Pretty obvious that he was just playing for the money this year.
19 minutes ago, LouisEly said: Does MLB have a limit on the number of bench coaches?
Uniformed coaches in the dugout, yes. Overall coaches, no.
9 minutes ago, bork said: I'm sorry but will not remember him fondly. Paid $80 million for 1 good year. He was already injury prone and he does absolutely nothing to stay in shape in 2020. No surprise that he broke down last year. Pretty obvious that he was just playing for the money this year.
The cost of 1 win in WAR over the last few years is around $9-10 million. Cain produced 11.5 in WAR over the course of his latest tenure with the Brewers, including this season. So, purely by the numbers, we got what we paid for and more.
12 minutes ago, bork said: I'm sorry but will not remember him fondly. Paid $80 million for 1 good year. He was already injury prone and he does absolutely nothing to stay in shape in 2020. No surprise that he broke down last year. Pretty obvious that he was just playing for the money this year.
The Brewers received a little over 11 rWAR for that $80m, which is about in line with expectations of free agent spending versus performance.
Obviously, one hopes for better than that in an FA deal but that’s how they usually shake out.
But Cain was worth about $30m in the first year of the deal so that feels like a really long time ago.
2 minutes ago, Brewcrew82 said: The cost of 1 win in WAR over the last few years is around $9-10 million. Cain produced 11.5 in WAR over the course of his latest tenure with the Brewers, including this season. So, purely by the numbers, we got what we paid for and more.
Lulz. We think alike.
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