Over at ESPN Jonathan Lucroy explains, in his own words, everything that went down a week ago when he was traded to Cleveland, only to veto the trade, before being traded to the Rangers.
It’s what you’ve seen reported: the Indians have Yan Gomes next year and he’s going to catch. Lucroy will be a free agent after next year and he didn’t want to go into the market having spent a year as a 1B/DH, which would undercut a big bunch of his value. It makes absolutely perfect logical sense and any of us in his shoes would make the same decision he did. He is very matter-of-fact about it. Refreshingly so.
He then goes on to give a blow-by-blow of how things played out after he rejected the trade. His last at bat, his uncertainty about traveling with the Brewers to their next stop in San Diego and, ultimately, his trade to Texas. It gives a nice glimpse into the life of a ballplayer in the middle of a season.