Jonathan Lucroy would like to come back to the Rockies

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Jonathan Lucroy tells the Denver Post that he is “absolutely” interested in re-signing with the Rockies.

It’s certainly understandable that Lucroy has been enjoying himself in Colorado more than he was in Texas, where he played until a July 30 trade. He’s hitting .274/.388/.400 in 30 games with the Rockies after putting up a .242/.297/.338 line in 77 games with Texas. And, of course, the Rockies are likely playoff bound and are on a six-game winning streak which has a way of making things seem nicer. Lucroy:

“It’s been easy to fit in here. What I like is that this team is hungry and they all have the same goal in mind, and that’s to win a championship. I really feel that here. The guys have made me feel welcome and accepted me into the fold. … I’d absolutely (be interested) in coming back.”

Lucroy is finishing up the option year on the end of the five-year deal he signed with Milwaukee before the 2012 season. That paid him $16.25 million in all, which was an absolute steal for his production over that time.

Still, he’s 31 and will be coming off a down year overall, so it’ll be a tough market for him, so his future will no doubt be up in the air as the season comes to a close.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.