Texas Rangers Rumors: Rockies Showing Interest in Jonathan Lucroy
By Andrew Webb
The July 31st trade deadline is less than a week away. The Rangers are opening up shop to potential buyers and they could find a new home for catcher Jonathan Lucroy soon.
The Texas Rangers have not committed to being “sellers” just yet. Regardless, they’ve said that certain players are available and Jonathan Lucroy is one of them. The Rangers believe Robinson Chirinos and Brett Nicholas can handle the duties behind the plate.
This season has been a disappointment for Lucroy offensively and a change of scenery might help. Through 75 games Lucroy is hitting .241 with four home runs and 27 RBI. His defense is stellar as always, but the offense has been inconsistent all season.
Before the trade deadline the Rockies would like to upgrade at the catcher position. They’ve expressed interest in Lucroy, but he’s not the only player. The Rockies are also interested in Braves Kurt Suzuki and Tigers Alex Avlia according to T.R. Sullivan.
The Rangers have competition and should try to pull the trigger on a trade as soon as possible. The market for Lucroy could be smaller than many think and the Rangers don’t want to be stuck with him.
Last August the Rangers gave up three prospects in exchange for Lucroy. Now he’s pending free agency with half a season left on his contract. It’s unlikely the Rangers get back what they lost, but something is better than nothing.
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It’s apparent the Rangers feel they will be fine without Lucroy. The time to move Lucroy is now and hopefully add for the future. No extension in sight, Texas needs to trade Lucroy before August even at a discount.
Currently, the only other team rumored to be interested in Lucroy is the Cubs. It’s doubtful the Cubs give up much for Lucroy. They have Willson Contreras as the starting catcher, and are looking to add more of a backup catcher.
If the Rockies are interested in Lucroy then the Rangers need to get young controllable pitching in return. It’s no secret that Lucroy has lost value, but getting pitching in exchange for Lucroy is a must for Texas.