Jonathan Lucroy Vetoes Trade To Cleveland

The Indians and Brewers had a deal in place in which the Indians would get All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy in exchange for minor prospects Francisco Mejia, Greg Allen, Yu-Cheng Chang, and a fourth, unidentified prospect.

The Indians were one of the 8 teams that Lucroy had on his limited no-trade clause.  It appears that Lucroy insisted the Indians tear up his 2017 team option for fear that he would lose his every day catching role, and the Indians balked at the prospect of paying so much for a player that would hit the free agent market in a few months.

A two-time All-Star, Lucroy is batting .300 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs this season. He has a $4 million salary this year as part of a contract that includes a $5.25 million team option for 2017.

Lucroy claims he wants out of Milwaulkee so he can play for a winner, however this was his opportunity and clearly financial motivations are more important to him.

8 thoughts on “Jonathan Lucroy Vetoes Trade To Cleveland

  1. Perhaps. Or perhaps being stuck in Cleveland, of all places, for one day longer than he had to be was a bit much to contemplate.

    I mean, how many times can you visit the Rock n’ Roll hall of fame before it gets old, especially when they might test your pee on a moment’s notice?

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  2. The more I think about it, the more I believe this deal was nixed on bad advice from the players union and his agent telling him not to give up the no trade clause without getting something in return. He should have just asked for a 2 million dollar signing bonus or something. He may regret this decision if he ends up in Atlanta.


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