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The Cubs could take a lesson from the way the Brewers put together their 2018 team

The core of this year’s N.L. Central champions came via trade — and the draft.

The Milwaukee Brewers played better down the stretch than the Chicago Cubs did. Plain and simple, that’s the reason they won the N.L. Central this year, and the reason the Cubs are sitting home this October while the Brewers are in the NLCS.

Two of the most important players the Brewers have this year are center fielder Lorenzo Cain and closer Jeremy Jeffress. Both of these players were acquired by the Brewers within the last two seasons, Jeffress in mid-2017, Cain signed as a free agent prior to 2018.

But did you know that Cain and Jeffress were both originally Brewers draft picks, both made their major-league debuts with the team, and both were traded away — for players who are still paying dividends for the Brewers?

Cain was the Brewers’ 17th-round pick in 2004. (For reference, the Cubs took Jerry Blevins in that round.) He made his debut with the Brewers in 2010 and after that year, was traded to the Royals along with Jeffress (who was Milwaukee’s No. 1 pick, 16th overall, in 2006), Alcides Escobar and Jake …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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