Brewers GM David Stearns says there is no trade in the works involving Jonathan Lucroy

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Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy indicated last month to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would like to be traded at some point soon, saying, “I want to win and I don’t see us winning in the foreseeable future.”

Lucroy is only under contract through 2016 (with an inexpensive club option for 2017) and the Brewers are undergoing a full-on rebuild, so it’s likely that his trade request will eventually be met. But there is nothing to suggest anything is close on that front.

Brewers general manager David Stearns caught up Tuesday with Haudricourt

Lucroy struggled with injuries in 2015 and wound up batting just .264/.326/.391 with seven home runs and 43 RBI in 103 games. But he finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2014 with a .301/.373/.465 slash line, 53 doubles, 13 home runs, and 69 RBI. The 29-year-old backstop will make just $4 million in 2016 and his option for 2017 is only $5.25 million (with a $25,000 buyout). There should be trade offers pouring in. For now, the Nationals, Rangers, and Astros are the teams that have been connected.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Nationals are one of eight clubs on Lucroy’s no-trade list, but Lucroy could simply use that as leverage toward a new contract if he is close to being dealt to Washington. As he said, he wants to win. And the Nats look like one of the best teams in baseball on paper.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).