Cleveland mulling trade for Lucroy
The Cleveland Indians are one of several teams looking to add a reliever prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline to bolster their bullpen. They're now also connected to one of the game's best offensive catchers.The Indians have engaged in d...
The Cleveland Indians are one of several teams looking to add a reliever prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline to bolster their bullpen. They’re now also connected to one of the game’s best offensive catchers.
The Indians have engaged in discussions to acquire Milwaukee Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, per ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Lucroy, 30, is in the last year of a five-year contract with the rebuilding Brewers. A two-time All-Star, Lucroy is often among the better offensive catchers in baseball. This season he’s hitting .305 with a .362 on-base percentage, 12 home runs, 16 doubles and 45 RBIs.
The Indians have struggled to receive any consistent offensive production from the catcher position this season. Yan Gomes, hitting .165, has struggled through the worst slump of his career and recently landed on the disabled list with a separated shoulder. He’s expected to miss four to eight weeks.
The Indians also are interested in acquiring a back-end reliever, and multiple Brewers relief pitchers - among them Jeremy Jeffress and left-hander Will Smith - have been reported to be available as well.
This season’s trade deadline was moved back a day from its normal July 31 date so that players wouldn’t be on the field for Sunday afternoon games with negotiations still ongoing.