Jonathan Lucroy is reportedly heading to the Indians in a trade if he approves
Four players are expected to head back to the Brewers for the All-Star catcher
The Indians have agreed to acquire All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal is pending a physical and also requires Lucroy's consent, as the Indians are on the list of teams in the no-trade clause of his contract.
Presumably, Lucroy will approve the deal, though, given that he's said several times he would much rather being playing on a contender than a team stuck in a rebuild. The Indians are in first place in the AL Central.
Lucroy marks a major upgrade for the Indians if the trade comes to fruition. He's hitting .300/.360/.484 with 17 doubles, three triples, 13 homers and 50 RBI this season. With Yan Gomes having an awful season and now hurt, the Indians have been lacking behind the plate. Indians catchers this season entered Saturday hitting .168/.215/.289. That's not a typo.
Lucroy is almost criminally cheap, too. He's making $4 million this season and has a club option for $5.25 million for next season. For comparison's sake, Brian McCann is two years older than Lucroy and making $17 million per season through 2018 with a $15 million team option in 2019. He's hitting .235/.334/.430 this season.
As for a Brewers return, Rosenthal reports that the package would be four players, with no others accompanying Lucroy to Milwaukee (reports earlier on Saturday indicated that a package of Lucroy plus a reliever may be of interest to the Indians).
Catcher Francisco Mejia is part of the package for the Brewers, per Jon Heyman. Mejia is 20 years old and in high Class A. He's hitting .344/.374/.524 with 21 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 67 RBI in 77 games between Class A and high Class A this season.
Rosenthal also puts Yu-Cheng Chang and Greg Allen in the deal. Chang is a 20-year-old shortstop who is hitting .273/.347/.493 with 12 homers and 10 steals in 94 games for high Class A Lynchburg. Allen is a 23-year-old switch-hitting outfielder who has the profile of a leadoff man. He is hitting .295/.415/.401 with 38 stolen bases and more walks (58) than strikeouts (57) between high Class A and Double-A this season.
There's much speculation about the fourth player headed to Milwaukee, but nothing concrete. And, again, Lucroy still has to approve the deal.
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