Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy: “I want to win and I don’t see us winning in the foreseeable future”

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There is a massive organizational rebuild underway in Milwaukee and star catcher Jonathan Lucroy figures to be traded away for prospects at some point. But he is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 2015 and the Brewers might wait until well into the 2016 campaign to move the 29-year-old backstop.

Either way, it sounds like Lucroy has his bags packed. He spoke candidly Tuesday with Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to compete for the playoffs this year,” Lucroy said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon while running errands back home in Lafayette, La. “If I did that, you’d call me a liar. I’d lose credibility and respect.

“I want to win and I don’t see us winning in the foreseeable future. I want to go to a World Series. That’s what all players want. Rebuilding is not a lot of fun for any veteran guy.”

With that in mind, Lucroy thinks it would be best for all concerned if the Brewers do what they’ve done with many veteran players since last July — trade him. He has been the subject of trade speculation since the end of the 2015 season, when new general manager David Stearns was charged with taking over the team’s rebuilding process.

Lucroy finished fourth in the National League MVP balloting in 2014 after batting .301/.373/.465 with a league-leading 53 doubles in 153 games. And he’s due just $4 million this year with a bargain $5.25 million club option for 2017. There will be plenty of suitors once the Brewers decide they’re comfortable moving him.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”