Dewan: Trading for Jonathan Lucroy

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on August 11, 2017:

Last week, the Colorado Rockies traded for veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers in the hopes that his experience will aid their young pitching staff down the stretch. However, his production (or lack thereof) this season does not appear likely to fill the team’s offensive and defensive holes at catcher.

Prior to the trade, Rockies’ catchers—Tony Wolters, Ryan Hanigan, Dustin Garneau, and Tom Murphy—were struggling offensively. They were hitting an abysmal .231/.311/.306 with an OPS of 0.617, the second worst in the league, and hit a league-worst three home runs as a group. The Rockies were in need of a player who could help to increase their offensive production at catcher. However, Lucroy wasn’t doing much better for the Rangers. He hit only four home runs with a line of .242/.297/.338, giving him an OPS of 0.635.

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Originally published: August 11, 2017. Last Updated: August 11, 2017.