Texas Rangers trade rumors: Jonathan Lucroy is available, and the Colorado Rockies have been talking to the Texas Rangers about him, per the beat guys on Twitter. The Rockies are currently holding the second Wild Card spot, and appear likely to end up playing against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Wild Card game at season’s end.
The Rockies currently have Tony Wolters and Ryan Hanigan behind the plate for them, but their catching situation has been sub-optimal all season. The 617 OPS the Rockies have gotten from their catchers is second-worst in baseball, behind only the Toronto Blue Jays, and that is despite having the advantage of playing in Colorado for half their games.
Lucroy has been seen as a likely trade candidate for a while, as he has seen Robinson Chirinos get more playing time. Lucroy has had a disappointing season, to put it mildly, with both his bat and his defense not meeting expectations after being acquired last summer in a deal that sent Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz to Milwaukee. The Rangers will not be making him a qualifying offer, and appear inclined to get whatever they can for him now.