The Brewers are “listening” on Jonathan Lucroy

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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.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.