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Brewers turned down catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s long-term contract proposal

St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Six

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 16: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a 2-run home run in the bottom of the seocnd inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 16, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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With his name popping up in trade rumors Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy revealed Tuesday that he made a long-term contract extension proposal to the team in January and was shot down.

Lucroy told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the deal “would have kept me here for the rest of my career” and “they informed us they weren’t interested in doing anything at this point in time.”

Lucroy is already under team control at under-market salaries through 2017, which is his age-31 season, and it’s tough to blame any team too much for being hesitant to give a big long-term contract extension to a catcher nearing his mid-30s.

He was one of the best catchers in baseball from 2012-2014, hitting .297 with an .831 OPS and good defensive numbers, but Lucroy has struggled this season while hitting .237 with a .630 OPS in 53 games.

According to McCalvy the Brewers are “unlikely” to trade Lucroy because he’s signed for 2016 and 2017 at reasonable salaries, but of course if they’re serious about rebuilding with young talent Lucroy is a way to bring that to Milwaukee.

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