By Anthony Caruso IIi | Publisher
One-year ago, catcher Jonathan Lucroy refused to be traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cleveland Indians. He said he blocked the trade because of lack of playing time in the future.
Lucroy has been traded for the second-time since that all went down last July. He was dealt to the Texas Rangers last season.
He was then traded to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. The Rangers are being to clear house with veterans, as they look to go younger.
This could be one of several traded involving the Rangers prior to Monday’s 4 pm trade deadline.
The Rockies are just giving up a player to be named later. He’s the latest addition by the Rockies after the team acquired reliever Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies last week.
Colorado has been the busiest at the trade deadline since they traded Troy Tulowitzki in a surprise trade to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.
“It’s a little different,” Nolan Arenado said to the Denver Post. “The only deadline I know is when we traded Tulo.But to see that we’re trying to get better and win ballgames, it’s a good sign. It’s a boost to the morale.”
Lucroy was traded to the Rangers last trade deadline in a deal involving prospects. In his eight-year career, he has a .280 batting average with 94 home runs — and had 24 during the 2016 season.
However, this season, he’s just has a .242 batting average with four home runs. He also has a .635 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).
“We should feel [good] about this one,” Rockies manager Bud Black said to the publication. “Jonathan gives us a guy with a veteran presence behind the plate as our young starters go into uncharted territory in the next two months.”
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