Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
2 months ago

Cain rejected the Royals' qualifying offer and has officially become a free agent, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cain was expected to decline the club's offer, and now that he has, the 31-year-old will test the free-agent market. He's likely looking for a multi-year deal after spending the past seven seasons in Kansas City. During the 2017 campaign, he slashed .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
3 months ago

The Royals made a qualifying offer to Cain prior to Monday's deadline, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cain is one of three Royals players who received the offer ($17.4 million for the 2018 season), but all three are expected to test the waters of free agency and receive multi-year deals. Following a career-high 155 games played in a healthy 2017 campaign, the 31-year-old figures to be of interest to clubs seeking a big upgrade in center field this winter. Cain finished the season with 15 homers and 26 steals along with a .300/.363/.440 line in 645 plate appearances.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
4 months ago

Cain is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It had been previously announced that the Royals planned to give Cain the night off, so his absence from the lineup comes as no surprise. Over 23 games in September, Cain has posted a stellar .369/.424/.512 line. Although Cain is expected to be back in action Thursday, Paulo Orlando will head to center field Wednesday night.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
4 months ago

Cain will not start Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals are eliminated from playoff contention, so Cain will get Wednesday off as manager Ned Yost rests some of his regular starters. The 31-year-old, who compiled a healthy .301/.363/.445 line with 15 homers and 25 stolen bases in 150 games this season, is expected to start the Royals' remaining four games following Wednesday's day off.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
4 months ago

Cain went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Cain's third-inning long ball off starter Lucas Giolito was all the offense his team could muster in this one. He's just one home run shy of matching his career high of 16 from 2015 and needs only three more steals to reach his previous high of 28.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
4 months ago

Cain is not in the lineup for Sunday's outing against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Cain will get the day off and give way to Paulo Orlando in center field. Cain has been terrific since the start of September, as he's gone 22-for-53 (.415) over 15 games and driven in seven runs while scoring eight.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
4 months ago

Cain went 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored in Friday's victory over Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

The outfielder appeared to come up limping after scoring the game's tying run in the fifth inning, but he remained in the game, and later delivered the deciding hit. Cain's sixth-inning RBI single gave the Royals a 4-3 lead that would hold up to end the Tribe's historic 22-game winning streak. He's now slashing an impressive .302/.365/.447 on the year.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
4 months ago

Cain (quadriceps) is in the starting nine for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cain has been toughing it out recently, but got the day off during Tuesday's affair while resting his tight quadriceps. The injury hasn't seemed to bother him much at the plate, as Cain's been hitting .421/.463/.605 since the beginning of September. For Wednesday's contest, he will be manning center field and batting second.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
4 months ago

Cain, who was not in Tuesday's lineup, has been playing with a tight quadricep, Lee Judge of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to The Associated Press, Manager Ned Yost attributed Cain's absence from Tuesday's card to nothing more than a schedule rest day. Tired legs, especially for a 31-year-old center fielder, are common this time of year, and Cain hasn't shown much to suggest he's dealing with anything more than normal fatigue. In his last three games, he's gone 6-for-11 with a triple, one RBI and a run.

Lorenzo Cain
CF FA
5 months ago

Cain went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a pair of runs in Sunday's victory over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Cain attempted to turn a two-run triple into an inside-the-park home run, but was called out at the plate. The eighth-year veteran has been on a tear down the back stretch of 2017, giving his market value a nice bump before he hits free agency this winter. Cain is batting .367 with 12 extra-base hits, 14 RBI, eight steals and 23 runs over his last 35 games.