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.

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.