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Eighteen players have opted out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, some of them more accomplished than Lorenzo Cain.
None are as vital or as valuable to their current team, though, than Lorenzo Cain.
Cain opted out of the 2020 season after playing in just five games, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Saturday, and his is perhaps the most jarring decision among a star-studded opt-out group that includes former MVPs and World Series champions like Buster Posey, David Price and Ryan Zimmerman.
Cain, a 34-year-old two-time All-Star, is the starting center fielder for the Brewers, who have reached the playoffs each of the past two seasons. He’s in the third year of a five-year, $80 million contract and in opting out, will sacrifice some $5 million in salary.
But his opt-out comes at a time when the Brewers’ season is paused after just six games, as their home opener against…