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Indians’ Chris Gimenez on Jonathan Lucroy: “Hopefully, we can win the World Series and we’ll be laughing at him.”

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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.

Gimenez continued:

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.

Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season.

Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. He made his big league debut two years later and, after a few years shuttling back and forth to the minors, moved from third base to the outfield and finally found success.

He wound up playing his entire 14-year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as position players with that much longevity with the franchise. He heads into a weekend four-game series against Detroit with the third-most walks (682), fourth-most homers (190), fifth-most doubles (357) and sixth-most games played (1,749) in club history.

The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in getting hit by pitches.

While he never quite hit with the kind of average the Royals hoped he would, Gordon did through sheer grit turn himself into one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outfielder to earn seven Gold Gloves in a nine-year span, a number that trails only White’s eight for the most in franchise history, and there are enough replays of him crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium or throwing out a runner at the plate to run for hours.

Gordon won the first of three defensive player of the year awards in 2014, when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since its 1985 championship. The Royals wound up losing to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to the Fall Classic the following year and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.

It was during the 2015 that Gordon hit one of the iconic homers in Royals history. His tying shot off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.

Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season, and he never considered opting out when the coronavirus pandemic caused spring training to be halted and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule.

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