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Brewers All-Star C Lucroy wants a trade, could Nats use him?


Brewers All-Star C Lucroy wants a trade, could Nats use him?

Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers is one of the best catchers in baseball, despite the fact he had a down year in 2015. Prior to this past season he was an All-Star and finished fourth in NL MVP voting.

And though he would figure to be a big part of the Brewers' immediate future, the 29-year-old backstop has made it clear he would like to be traded out of Milwaukee. He is entering his seventh major league season and would like to play for a contender. The Brewers have not made the playoffs since 2011, Lucroy's first full MLB season.

Lucroy went in-depth on the issue with the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel this week:

"I want to win," he said. "It's not guaranteed that I'm going to win if I am traded. But I'm going to be a 30-year-old catcher (in June). I can't put numbers on how much longer I'm going to play, but as players we want to win. I don't care about the money; I just want to win. That's the bottom line."

Would Lucroy make sense in Washington? They already have Wilson Ramos and behind him Jose Lobaton. Their catching depth beyond those two is probably as good as it's ever been for the Nationals. They have another wave of veterans set to play at Triple-A Syracuse and a group of young prospects developing in the lower ranks. Catcher, it would seem, is not a need.

The Nationals would give Lucroy a better chance to win, but the question is whether he would give them a better chance to win. The Brewers are going to want prospects in any deal for Lucroy and he represents a short-term solution. He will make $4 million in 2016 and has a $5.25 million team option with a $25,000 buyout for 2017.

Now, one could make the argument Lucroy is an upgrade over Ramos. Ramos is usually among the best offensive catchers in baseball, but he wasn't great last season despite staying healthy for the first time since 2011. His .229/.258/.358 slash-line represented career-lows.

Lucroy also had a down-year, but hit .264/.326/.391 with a .717 OPS. Those struggles may be attributed to injuries, however, as he broke his toe and suffered a concussion in 2015. In 2014, Lucroy was brilliant with a .837 OPS, 13 homers, 69 RBI and a league-best 53 doubles.

If Lucroy hits like he did in 2014, then he would represent an upgrade at catcher for almost every team. The fact he wants to be dealt adds an interesting layer to this offseason, but the Nats do not appear desperate to make a move at his position.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.


Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.


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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.


Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.