The Milwaukee Brewers are in full rebuilding mode and they have a catcher who wants to play for a contender not a rebuilding franchise. So what do the Brewers do with Jonathan Lucroy?
Lucroy made it clear on Tuesday that he really didn’t want to stick around with franchise that is in the state that the Brewers are in right now and made it clear that he wants to be traded to a team that can contend for a championship.
“I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to compete for the playoffs this year.” Lucroy said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “If I did that, you’d call me a liar. I’d lose credibility and respect. I want to win, and I don’t see us winning in the foreseeable future. I want to go to a World Series.”
Lucroy is a very intriguing option to contending teams who could be looking for a catcher. He has proved that he can produce in this league as he was an all-star in 2014 when he hit .301 to go along with 13 homeruns and 69 RBI’s. He also led the league in doubles with 53. Lucroy also had a very productive season in 2013 as he hit .280 that year to go along with 18 homeruns and 82 RBI’s.
While Lucroy has put up some good numbers in past seasons, teams could be hesitant in trading for him because of possible injury concerns as he played in just 103 games in 2015 because of a broken toe and a concussion. Teams also might be scared off by his age as he will be turning 30 during the 2016 season. But, I don’t see either of these things being too big of a concern for a team that is looking to trade for him because of the way he has produced and the fact that he is at a very affordable price right now, as he is scheduled to make just $4 million in 2016.
Some possible contending teams that I believe could look into trading for Lucroy include the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. Lucroy would be a significant upgrade over both Robinson Chirinos in Texas and Jason Castro in Houston. While the Brewers will demand a good package for Lucroy, both of these organizations have the prospects to get a deal done and I expect that if the Brewers decide to trade him that it will be to one of these two organizations. The addition of Lucroy to either one of these teams’ lineups would instantly make them a lot scarier.