Rockies push for the playoffs, pick up Jonathan Lucroy from Texas

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 31, 2017

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Sunday that a potential trade between the Rockies and the Texas Rangers that would send catcher Jonathan Lucroy to Colorado "has legs". Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirmed the deal.

The Rangers acquired Jonathan Lucroy and RP Jeremy Jeffress at last season's trade deadline in exchange for prospects Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and another minor leaguer.

The Rockies reportedly will send back a player to be named later, likely someone from the most recent draft.

An All-Star for the second time in 2016, Lucroy hit a career-high 24 home runs between Milwaukee and Texas, with 11 of those blasts coming in his final 47 games of the regular season with the Rangers.

He's been known as a solid-to-above-average defensive catcher who knows how to handle a pitching staff and calls a good game.

The Rangers got Lucroy a year ago on August 1 - the trade deadline day - from Milwaukee. The team's catchers have combined for a 43 wRC+, an advanced stat that measures offensive performance. The 31-year-old backstop was set to be a free agent at season's end, so the Rangers were willing to flip him for whatever they could at the moment.

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