Atlanta is in dire need of outfielders and Cain would slide right into center field and could then shove Nate McLouth and Joe Mather onto the bench as Martin Prado is gearing up to play left.
However, the club is concerned about the shape of Chipper Jones' knee and the possibility Prado may be asked to see significant time at third. Acquiring Cain would give the club the depth to put McLouth and Mather in left.
Milwaukee needs as much pitching as it can get its hands on as evidenced by the Shaun Marcum deal in which it dealt top hitting prospect Brett Lawrie. If Cain was dealt, it would be for such a pitcher, which Atlanta has in spades. The Brewers would have to move forward with Carlos Gomez in center in such a deal, and that may not be palatable after Gomez's poor season in 2010 that saw him lose his starting job to Cain.
Both sides have talked, but don't seem to be pushing to complete a deal at the moment.
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