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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.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.