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Brewers GM David Stearns says there is no trade in the works involving Jonathan Lucroy

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Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy indicated last month to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would like to be traded at some point soon, saying, “I want to win and I don’t see us winning in the foreseeable future.”

Lucroy is only under contract through 2016 (with an inexpensive club option for 2017) and the Brewers are undergoing a full-on rebuild, so it’s likely that his trade request will eventually be met. But there is nothing to suggest anything is close on that front.

Brewers general manager David Stearns caught up Tuesday with Haudricourt

Lucroy struggled with injuries in 2015 and wound up batting just .264/.326/.391 with seven home runs and 43 RBI in 103 games. But he finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2014 with a .301/.373/.465 slash line, 53 doubles, 13 home runs, and 69 RBI. The 29-year-old backstop will make just $4 million in 2016 and his option for 2017 is only $5.25 million (with a $25,000 buyout). There should be trade offers pouring in. For now, the Nationals, Rangers, and Astros are the teams that have been connected.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Nationals are one of eight clubs on Lucroy’s no-trade list, but Lucroy could simply use that as leverage toward a new contract if he is close to being dealt to Washington. As he said, he wants to win. And the Nats look like one of the best teams in baseball on paper.

Giants sign ear-biting catcher Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

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The last we heard from Miguel Olivo around these parts, he was being released from the Dodgers after biting off a chunk of Alex Guerrero‘s ear during a nasty dugout brawl at Triple-A Albuquerque. That was in early-2014.

Olivo spent the 2015 season with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and performed quite well, slashing .281/.347/.472 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 90 games. The veteran catcher, never known for his speed, even stole 13 bases.

Now he is back with an MLB affiliate.

Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that Olivo has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He’ll presumably open the 2016 campaign at Triple-A Sacramento, where he will operate as organizational depth at the catcher position. It’s doubtful he’ll get the call up at any point.

Olivo, 37, stands as a .240/.275/.417 career hitter in 1,124 major league games.

Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh still awaiting work visa as start of Cardinals camp looms

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Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh, nicknamed “The Final Boss” in Asia, agreed to a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals back on January 11. In the weeks since, Oh and his representatives have been trying to secure a work visa for the 33-year-old right-hander that will allow him to report on time to Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, Florida.

But it hasn’t come together yet …

Those tweets come from Daniel Kim, a former MLB scout who now covers both Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization. Kim notes humorously that the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, is a huge Reds fan. Conspiracy!

Brian Stull of STL Baseball Weekly was told by a Cardinals official on Tuesday that the team is anticipating Oh arriving on time later this month at Roger Dean Stadium. But if the visa issue isn’t resolved soon, Oh could very well be a week or two late. That wouldn’t be a problem for most relievers, who take very little spring work to get properly tuned up for the regular season, but Oh spent the last 11 years pitching in either Korea or Japan. He would probably like to get familiar with MLB hitters and the MLB scene in general.

Oh saved 357 games in Asia while posting a 1.81 ERA and 772 strikeouts in 646 innings. He is expected to work as a setup man to Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.