Brewers get big offseason moves right – MLB.com

It’s happened so many times that many of us have become cynical: a team “wins the offseason,” then for whatever reason it doesn’t come together. Think of the 2012 Marlins or the 2006 Blue Jays, among many other examples. Just because you make high-profile signings or trades doesn’t mean those moves are going to translate to success.

This year, though, one of the biggest winners of the offseason … actually seems to have gotten it right.

It’s happened so many times that many of us have become cynical: a team “wins the offseason,” then for whatever reason it doesn’t come together. Think of the 2012 Marlins or the 2006 Blue Jays, among many other examples. Just because you make high-profile signings or trades doesn’t mean those moves are going to translate to success.

This year, though, one of the biggest winners of the offseason … actually seems to have gotten it right.

The Brewers made two of the winter’s biggest moves in the same week, trading for Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain. And it’s worked out beautifully. They’re leading the National League Wild Card chase, and 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the Central division.

What makes it more impressive is that at the time, the moves looked like the precursor to something else. The Brewers, it seemed, had a glut of outfielders, and surely they were going to trade one of them for a starting pitcher. They didn’t. They’re winning anyway, thanks in large part to the excellence of Cain and Yelich.

Video: [email protected]: Cain drives in Yelich with an RBI double

In fact, by one measure, it’s been 17 years since a pair of moves worked out quite so well for one team. Cain stands at 6.5 WAR (according to Baseball Reference), first in

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