Lucroy signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Lucroy has bounced around a ton, going from the Red Sox to the Phillies to the White Sox to the Nationals just within the past year. Atlanta is desperate for catching depth with Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) and Alex Jackson (hamstring) both out, and it will be the latest club to add the veteran. He could get a look fairly soon, but it's been five years since Lucroy was a fantasy factor and the odds are against him becoming one again at 34 years old.
Lucroy cleared waivers Thursday and has elected free agency, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Monday, but he was unable to find another spot on a 40-man roster. Rather than serving as organizational depth for the Nationals, the 34-year-old will be free to sign with another team at some point in 2021. Lucroy appeared in five games for Washington this year and went 5-for-14 with a double and two RBI.
The Nationals designated Lucroy for assignment Monday.
Lucroy stuck around with the Nationals for a few days as a third catcher after Yan Gomes and Alex Avila were both activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, but he became expendable when Washington reinstated three more players from the list Monday. Unless another team opts to put in a claim for Lucroy, he'll likely head to the Nationals' alternate site upon clearing waivers.
Lucroy isn't starting the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Atlanta.
Lucroy went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader. However, Tres Barrera will take his place behind the dish for the nightcap, batting eighth.
Lucroy will catch for the Nationals and bat eighth in Tuesday's season opener versus Atlanta, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Lucroy and Tres Barrera were both promoted to the 26-man roster Tuesday after the top two catchers on the depth chart -- Yan Gomes and Alex Avila -- were placed on the COVID-19 injured list. With Gomes and Avila both expected to remain in quarantine for at least a week while they wait to clear the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Lucroy looks poised to serve as the Nationals' top catcher to begin the season. The two-time All-Star has drawn positive reviews in the past for his skills as a pitch framer, but he hasn't finished with an OPS over .700 in any season since 2017.
Lucroy has made the Nationals' Opening Day roster.
Lucroy joined the team on a minor-league deal Saturday but will be needed right away due to the team's COVID-19 outbreak. Neither Yan Gomes nor Alex Avila made the roster, both presumably due to the league's health and safety protocols. Lucroy may be in position to start the first game of the year just three days after joining his new team, though the nod could also go to Tres Barrera.
Lucroy will likely be behind the plate Tuesday if he gets cleared through the league's COVID-19 protocols in time, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Neither Yan Gomes nor Alex Avila took part in the team's on-field workout Monday, suggesting that both catchers are among the 11 Nationals currently being quarantined. Lucroy, who was signed Saturday, would give the club a more experienced option behind the plate than Tres Barrera or Raudy Read, but his stint on the roster could be a brief one if Gomes and Avila were merely close contacts of the four players who tested positive.
Lucroy signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Saturday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The 34-year-old was let go by the White Sox this week despite posting a .333/.478/.389 slash line during spring training, and it didn't take long for him to find a new team. Lucroy is expected to join the big-league roster within a few days as the team has multiple players sidelined due to COVID-19 and contact tracing.
The White Sox released Lucroy on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Lucroy's .333/.478/.389 slash line this spring wasn't enough for him to beat out Zack Collins or Yermin Mercedes for Chicago's No. 2 catcher job, but the veteran could generate interest from other organizations looking for experienced depth behind the plate. The 34-year-old last appeared in the majors in 2019 with the Angels and Cubs, posting a .660 OPS over 328 plate appearances.
Lucroy signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Lucroy spent most of the 2020 season with the Red Sox, but he didn't log any plate appearances in the majors. The veteran backstop could compete for a backup role on the major-league roster during spring training.
Lucroy signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Tuesday and was added to the 60-player pool, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The veteran backstop was released by the Red Sox earlier in the day, and it was only a matter of hours before he linked up with a new team. Lucroy hasn't seen game action in 2020, but the Phillies are in need of catching depth with J.T. Realmuto battling a hip injury.
Lucroy was released by the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Lucroy was working at the alternate training site in Pawtucket after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox at the beginning of August. However, he'll now hit free agency after his removal from the 60-man pool.
Lucroy cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Red Sox's alternate training site Friday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
The veteran catcher was designated for assignment earlier in the week but will remain in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. Lucroy did not appear in a game during the first week of the season but will continue to provide catching depth in the 60-player pool.
The Red Sox intend to remove Lucroy from their 40-man and active 30-man rosters prior to Wednesday's game against the Mets, Chad Jennings and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report.
The transaction hasn't been announced, but Lucroy will likely be designated for assignment or given his outright release as the Red Sox look to clear room on the roster for pitcher Chris Mazza. Though Lucroy broke summer camp with the big club, he was the clear No. 3 catcher behind Christian Vazquez and Kevin Plawecki and appeared in just one of Boston's first five contests.
Lucroy entered Friday's blowout win over the Orioles late and caught the final two innings.
Christian Vazquez is the primary starter at catcher, but the battle of the backups -- Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki -- is not clear. Seeing Lucroy enter Friday's game could be a sign that manager Ron Roenicke favors Lucroy over Plawecki.
Lucroy was added to the Red Sox's 60-man roster Thursday.
Boston adjusted Lucroy's contract earlier in the week with the intention of adding him to the player pool, and Thursday's announcement makes it official that he'll serve as a non-roster invitee as camp resumes. He'll likely compete for the backup catching job with Kevin Plawecki.
Lucroy's name was left of Boston's 60-man player pool, but he will be added to the list during the upcoming week, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
The Red Sox are adjusting Lucroy's contract, so his exclusion from the player pool is a procedural issue. He will be in camp and added to the pool. Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki are battling for the backup job behind Christian Vazquez.
The Red Sox will have the flexibility to keep both Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki if MLB expands rosters from 26 to 29 players for the first month of an abbreviated season, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
The two catchers are locked in a roster-spot battle to back up starter Christian Vazquez, but each could be carried if the rosters are temporarily expanded as expected. The freedom to keep three catchers is something upon which interim manager Ron Roenicke went back-and-forth prior to the shutdown. With the expanded rosters, he'll have a free month of regular-season competition to evaluate which is the better fit. From a batting perspective, neither Lucroy (6-for-20, .300) nor Plawecki (9-for-19, .474) separated himself from the other during spring training.
Lucroy went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.
Lucroy is catching regularly after he was signed during the early days of spring training. He's hit safely in four of his last six at-bats after a 2-for-14 start in the Grapefruit League. "Yeah, I'm seeing the ball good and I've been able to see the ball deep and I've been able to put good swings on it and make good decisions," Lucroy told Ian Browne of MLB.com. "I'm definitely feeling a lot better." Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki (.474) are competing to back up starter Christian Vazquez.
Lucroy made his spring debut Thursday, substituting for designated hitter J.D. Martinez and going 1-for-2 in a loss to Phillies.
Lucroy wasted no time making an impact, as he connected on a pinch-hit double off the replica Green Monster in the bottom of the seventh inning. He and Kevin Plawecki are competing to back up starter Christian Vazquez. Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke envisions Lucroy seeing his first game behind the plate this weekend, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. Entering his age-34 season, Lucroy is no longer viewed as a primary catcher.
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|04/11||@ LAD||L 0-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/10||@ LAD||L 5-9||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/09||@ LAD||L 0-1||3||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|04/07||vs ATL||L 6-7||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/06||vs ATL||W 6-5||4||0||1||0||2||0||0|
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|2012||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||4||12||0||4||1||0||0||2||1||--||1||0||.333||.385||.417|
|2015||AFA-Brevard County Manat||4||16||3||4||0||0||0||1||2||--||0||0||.250||.333||.250|
|2019||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||2||8||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||.250||.333||.750|