Jonathan Lucroy was one of the game’s best catchers from 2012-2014 and has a bargain contract, but would the Brewers trade him coming off an injury-plagued down year? FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that they are at least “listening” on the possibility.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel hears that the Rangers “covet” Lucroy, but that it would take a “huge return” for the Brewers to part with him. And that’s understandable. Lucroy is just owed $4 million in 2016 and his contract includes a $5.25 million option (or $250,000 buyout) for 2017. Still, the Brewers are in rebuild-mode and would be smart to at least do their due diligence with the situation.
After posting an .831 OPS in the three previous years, Lucroy batted .264 with seven home runs and a .717 OPS over 103 games this past season while missing time with a concussion and a fractured toe. However, he’s a natural bounceback candidate if his health cooperates.