The Indians reportedly got their guy on Sunday. The club had a deal with the Brewers which would have brought catcher Jonathan Lucroy into the fold. Lucroy, however, wanted the Indians to promise him the starting catcher job in 2017 and nullify his club option for 2017. The Indians balked at both ideas, so Lucroy vetoed the deal as the Indians were one of eight teams on his limited no-trade clause.
Lucroy found a new home on Monday, with the Brewers striking a deal with the Rangers ahead of the 4 PM EDT deadline. Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress went to the Rangers for outfield prospect Lewis Brinson, pitching prospect Luis Ortiz, and a player to be named later.
Lucroy now finds himself on the best team, record-wise, in the American League. Indians catcher Chris Gimenez thinks the Indians will be just fine without Lucroy, though, as Zack Meisel reports for Cleveland.com. Gimenez said:
His loss. I don’t have any idea why he did [veto]; I just know he said something [previously] about how he wanted to play for a contender. He had the opportunity.
Even though he plays my position, he’s definitely an upgrade. It’d be ridiculous to say that he wasn’t. He definitely could’ve helped. At the same time, we feel pretty strongly about the guys we have here, too. Unfortunately, he chose not to be a part of it.
Hopefully, we can win the World Series and we’ll be laughing at him.
Some pretty strong words from Gimenez. As mentioned here, the Indians have gotten an aggregate .511 OPS from their catchers, the worst mark in the American League. Gimenez hasn’t helped much, hitting .202/.238/.273 with a double, a pair of homers, and six RBI in 108 plate appearances this season.