Jonathan Lucroy Rejects Indians Trade – See Why Here

jonathan-lucroy-brewersMilwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been one of the most-shopped players as we move towards the Aug. 1st MLB trade deadline. In fact, we named him as our #3 most-likely player to be moved before the deadline.

We also discussed how the Cleveland Indians were one of the teams looking to trade for Lucroy, which they did this week. The Indians offered four prospects to the rebuilding Brewers in exchange for Lucroy. The only problem is that the 30-year-old catcher rejected Cleveland’s trade, exercising the no-trade clause in his contract.

Why Did Lucroy Reject the Indians Trade?

Lucroy is earning $4 million this season, and the team has a $5.2 million option on next season. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Lucroy wanted Cleveland to tear up the contract so that the $5.2m team option was gone.

Here’s a look at Lucroy’s full statement on rejecting the trade:

“I know you guys want [details], but I’m not going to [give them]. Some circumstances came up and made me void it, obviously. I think when it comes out, everyone will understand why. That’s it. I’m not going to comment on any specifics, nothing like that, as much as I’d like to. i’m respecting their process and what the Brewers are trying to do in terms of the trade. If that’s going to happen or not, i don’t know. As of right now, I’m still a Brewer and I’m going to be until somebody tells me different.”

Where Else Could Lucroy End Up?

Tomorrow is the final day of the trade deadline, and the Texas Rangers and New York Mets might pursue Lucroy more aggressively now that Cleveland is out of the picture.

Texas and New York were two of the biggest suitors for Lucroy since they’re both struggling in the catching department. The Rangers lead the American League with a 61-44 record, and could bolster their chances of winning the AL pennant.

The Mets are in a different position, sitting at 53-50 and 7.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the AL East. But they’re also battling with the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins (both 56-48) for the final AL Wild Card spot.

Cleveland Loses Out on a Chance to Improve a Problem Area

The Indians still have a good grip on the AL Central, sitting at 59-42, which is 4.5 games ahead of the second-place Detroit Tigers. But their biggest Achilles’ heel has been catching, and they missed out on an opportunity to upgrade this area.

Cleveland has struggled to find a catcher who’s both good on defense and has a bat. They’ve used Chris Gimenez (.202 avg), Yan Gomes (.165 avg), and Roberto Perez (.043 avg) – none of whom have given the Indians much hitting.

Jonathan Lucroy would’ve instantly solved this problem since he’s hitting .303 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs so far. The 6-year veteran is one of the top-hitting catchers in the league and could have bolstered Cleveland’s biggest weakness.

As it is, The Tribe will continue trying to close out the AL Central without an elite catcher.

MLB Betting: 5 Players Who’ll Move Before Trade Deadline

jay-bruce-redsThe MLB trade deadline is August 1, meaning teams have less than two weeks to improve their roster. This is always an exciting point in the baseball season, as contending teams – like those discussed here – are in heavy trade talks that could boost their odds of winning the World Series.

Meanwhile, teams that are out of contention, like the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, are interested in moving marquee players to acquire young talent. Who are some of the big-time players that could be moved before the 2016 MLB trade deadline? Find out as we cover 5 players who’ll likely be wearing new uniforms before August.

1. Jay Bruce, RF Cincinnati Reds

Jay Bruce’s name has been thrown around before the trade deadline for the past several years. It seems like this could finally be the year that the rightfielder is shipped out to another team. As badly as the Reds’ season has gone (35-59), they’re looking to get something for Bruce before he declines. And considering that the 29-year-old still has good power (19HR, 66RBI), Cincinnati can get solid value out of him.

2. Andrew Miller, P New York Yankees

andrew-miller-yankeesThe New York Yankees are typically the team that’s trading to help their World Series chances at this point in the season – not seeking trade value on star players. However, 2016 has been New York’s worst seasons in memory, with the team sitting at 45-46. If they finish under .500, it’ll be the first time they’ve done so in 24 seasons. While they’re just 6.5 games out of first, the Yankees are reportedly looking to shop players, which means closer Andrew Miller would be one of their most-attractive trade chips. The 31-year-old has outstanding stats – 1.31 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 41.1 innings – and could fetch New York a great price.

3. Jonathan Lucroy, C Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers (39-52) are just a little better than the Reds in the NL Central, meaning this is another lost season. If they want to further their rebuilding efforts, catcher Jonathan Lucroy is a good place to start. Most teams don’t like bringing in catchers mid-season, but Lucroy is a different matter. He’s not only a great defensive catcher, but his bat has bounced back (.305, 12HR). Teams that are interested in Lucroy’s combination of batting and defense include the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Cleveland Indians.

4. Jake Odorizzi, P Tampa Bay Rays

jake-odorizzi-tradeAt 36-57, Tampa Bay is looking to move some players, especially members of their pitching staff. Jake Odorizzi is a prime candidate to be moved because he has the combination of talent and a friendly contract ($500k this year). What works in interested teams’ favor is that Odorizzi had had a down year (4-5, 4.39 ERA), which should give them some negotiation leverage next season. Beyond this, the right-hander is only 26 years old, meaning he could be part of a rotation for years to come. That said, expect Odorizzi to be gone before the trade deadline.

5. Rich Hill, P Oakland Athletics

rich-hill-oaklandPlaying in a tough AL West, the A’s have had a disappointing season (42-52) thus far. Rich Hill has been one of the lone bright spots, going 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 90 strikeouts. Any team that trades for Hill would get an immediate ace to further their World Series aspirations. The only problems with Hill include his age (36) and injury history. But considering that he’s the best pitcher on the market right now, at least one contender will go after him hard.