With the firing of Ron Roenicke and the hiring of Craig Counsell, a couple of Brewers commentators observed yesterday that the club could be poised for “major changes,” which could easily mean “tear-down” and/or “fire sale.”
It makes sense. I mean, yes, there is a lot of talent on this club, but health woes and the hole they’re already in, not to mention thin pitching, suggests that one last gear-up-and-go with this roster is not likely to be successful. Doug Melvin will likely be dealing away talent this summer.
But if he does. there is one bit of talent Milwaukee won’t be dealing:
The Brewers have made clear to other teams assessing possible trade options: They are not willing to deal catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 5, 2015
Understandable given that he’s locked up on a pretty team-friendly deal. Lucroy, 28, is making only $3 million this season and $4 million next year. There’s a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Just a great deal even if he doesn’t come close to repeating his 2014 numbers.
So, if you are interested in a Matt Garza or a Kyle Lohse, call Mr. Melvin. But save your calls if you’re looking for a catcher.