Cain missed time in 2009 with a knee injury but bounced back in a big way in 2010, hitting .317 with a .402 on-base percentage and 26 stolen bases in 84 games at the Double-A and Triple-A levels and then .306 with seven steals 43 games in the big leagues.
The Brewers and Braves have had very informal talks that included Cain, and the Braves have pitching available. If Cain were to be available, don't count out the Mariners, whose general manager, former Brewers scouting director Jack Zduriencik, drafted Cain in 2004.
Speaking of names in trade rumors, Fielder made an appearance on Monday. ESPN Los Angeles briefly reported that the Brewers and Dodgers were "actively involved in discussions" about trading Fielder for L.A.'s closer, Jonathan Broxton, and first baseman, James Loney.
Officials from both sides quickly shot the story down. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said there was nothing to it. Melvin said he hadn't spoken with Colletti at all in Florida.
It was a false alarm, but expect Fielder's name to come up again before the Meetings break up on Thursday. The Brewers have not had any success in talks with agent Scott Boras about an extension for the 26-year-old Fielder, who is arbitration-eligible for the last time and due a raise from his $10.5 million salary in 2010. He is on track to reach free agency after the 2011 season.
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is on the same contractual path, but Brewers officials remain hopeful about their discussions with Weeks and agent Greg Genske about an extension. Melvin will meet with Genske at some point this week.
"Our goal is to sign Rickie long term," Melvin said, "as Rickie has indicated he would like to stay with us."
Does trading Lawrie to Toronto add some urgency to talks with Weeks? Not really, Melvin said.
"We have a very good second baseman, Eric Farris, behind him that played in the Fall League and performed very well there," Melvin said. "And Brett is a very talented player, and he was not really penciled in at second."