If dealt, what could he fetch and who could be in the market?
Although the sunk cost of Jason Heyward’s Corpse in centerfield is a tough cross for the Chicago Cubs to bear (I’m sorry, that’s an awful pun), they could eat some of that money and toss Heyward and a prospect at the KC Royals. The Nats need a centerfielder now that Adam Eaton’s out. The Mets may not have designs on contending this season, but they definitely won’t without an outfield upgrade.
Jerry DiPoto loves to wheel and deal; the Seattle Mariners could always pair Cain and Jarrod Dyson in the league’s fastest outfield.
What might it cost to hang on to him?
How’s the new CBA factor into all this?
As a three-win outfielder, Lorenzo Cain is unlikely to take a qualifying offer, meaning the KC Royals would be getting picks if he departed. And as a small-market franchise, the Royals would probably be okay with picking up a two and a five (if he signed with an over-tax team) or a three (under the $195 million threshold) if option two was giving an obscene contract to a 31-year old centerfielder.