MLB Trade Rumors: Jonathan Lucroy is a Colorado Rockie, with the Texas Rangers having agreed to a trade to send the catcher to the Rockies, per reports from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi. Lucroy to the Rockies has been rumored for several days, and with the Rangers falling out of the race and having no interest in re-signing the catcher, while the Rockies are playoff contenders with a need for a catcher, the deal makes a lot of sense.
Lucroy, who is a free agent after the 2017 season, was acquired, along with Jeremy Jeffress, at the trade deadline last year by the Rangers, with Texas sending Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and Ryan Cordell to Milwaukee. Jeffress and Lucroy have both been disappointments this year, and this is an opportunity for the Rangers to try to salvage something from that ill-fated deal.
Robinson Chirinos will assume starting catching duties, while Brett Nicholas will, for the time being, back him up. We shall wait and see what is coming to Texas from Colorado.
UPDATE — Jerry Crasnick says Lucroy has been dealt for a player to be named later. This suggests that the Rangers are still scouting a possible return. Nevertheless, Lucroy’s value isn’t all that great at this point, and I wouldn’t expect the PTBNL to be a significant prospect.
UPDATE II — Jon Daniels has confirmed the Rangers have traded Lucroy, so this is apparently a done deal.
UPDATE III -- The Rockies are assuming all of Lucroy’s contract. He was due approximately $1.75 million through the end of the season.