The Texas Rangers have been trying to get their hands on Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy for quite some time. Maybe this offseason the terms to help him make the move have come at last.
The Rangers contacted the Brewers before the 2015 trade deadline, but then-GM Doug Melvin was not interested. Now that David Stearns has taken over the front office, it might make sense for the Rangers to call again per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Lucroy, 29, who also plays first baseman, was an All-Star in 2014, coming in fourth on the MVP vote. His 2015 season wasn’t as good, but he was still hitting .264 and hit 7 home runs in 103 games, with his range and fielding numbers as a catcher slightly diminishing.
The Rangers started five different players at catcher last season and although they made the playoffs, would like some more stability at the position. Lucroy, when healthy, provides power, which the Rangers would like to add to their offense, and is making $9.25 million through the two years he has left on his contract, turning into a free agent in 2017.