Brewers turned down catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s long-term contract proposal

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With his name popping up in trade rumors Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy revealed Tuesday that he made a long-term contract extension proposal to the team in January and was shot down.

Lucroy told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the deal “would have kept me here for the rest of my career” and “they informed us they weren’t interested in doing anything at this point in time.”

Lucroy is already under team control at under-market salaries through 2017, which is his age-31 season, and it’s tough to blame any team too much for being hesitant to give a big long-term contract extension to a catcher nearing his mid-30s.

He was one of the best catchers in baseball from 2012-2014, hitting .297 with an .831 OPS and good defensive numbers, but Lucroy has struggled this season while hitting .237 with a .630 OPS in 53 games.

According to McCalvy the Brewers are “unlikely” to trade Lucroy because he’s signed for 2016 and 2017 at reasonable salaries, but of course if they’re serious about rebuilding with young talent Lucroy is a way to bring that to Milwaukee.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.