The Rockies are one of the contenders in the National League, a very strong lineup. But they were missing one thing, a catcher. They got a good one on Sunday night when they acquired former All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers. Lucroy was just traded to Texas 363 days ago from the Brewers.
Source: Lucroy to #Rockies.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2017
Lucroy, a former Brewer, returns to the National League, after spending just one year with the Rangers after he was dealt there from Milwaukee at the 2016 deadline. The Rockies lineup got even stronger than they already were with this deal.
While Lucroy has struggled at the plate this season, he is still a plus defender who can turn it on at any time. Slashing .242/.297/.398 is not ideal, but better than what the Rockies had before. Colorado has the fewest home runs by catchers and lowest OPS in NL at .617, safe to say they needed some catcher help.
Right now the deal is for a player to be named later, the return will be for less than what Texas got him for last year, as his numbers have slipped since then. But this move was nearly essential for the Rockies, so they pulled the trigger. Look for the Rockies to look at starting pitching as their potential next need, as the deadline is tomorrow, so there’s not much time left.
Stay tuned on our site for more news regarding the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline as things start to heat up. I’ve got a good feeling that this is the beginning of some major deals to go down in next 24 hours.