Brewers Trade Lucroy, Jeffress to Rangers

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers are involved in a deal that went right down to the deadline.

The Rangers Get

Jonathan Lucroy, Catcher

Lucroy is a career .284 hitter in 7 seasons. He has battled some injuries in his career, but he has bounced back and is healthy this year. He holds the record for doubles as a catcher with 53, 46 of those in games that he caught. Lucroy is hitting .299 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI this season.

Lucroy is an elite catcher and has been one of the top 3 for a number of years now. He is a 2-time All-Star and was 4th in the MVP voting in 2014.

Lucroy has a $5.25 million team option for next season, which is extremely team-friendly for a catcher of his caliber.

Jeremy Jeffress, Closer

Jeffress is a 28-year-old pitcher that is in his first season as a closer. He was the 16th overall pick by the Brewers in the 2006 draft and has pitched for 4 teams in his career.

Jeffress has a career 2.93 ERA, including a 2.22 mark this season. He has 27 saves in 28 chances this season for a Brewer team that is in its first season of their rebuilding process. He has just recorded 4 saves in the last 4 days.

The Brewers Get

Lewis Brinson, Outfield

Brinson is a 22-year-old center fielder that the Rangers drafted with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He was the #2 prospect in the Rangers system.

Brinson is one of the best outfield prospects in the game, with above average power and speed. He has good instincts, getting good jumps to help him cover a lot of ground in center.

Brinson’s weak spot is his strikeout rate, which he has improved every year. He does have some power, hitting 11 home runs so far this season. He also has 11 stolen bases, showing a combination of power and speed.

Luis Ortiz, Pitcher

The Rangers selected the 20-year-old pitcher with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 draft. He was the #3 prospect in the Rangers system.

Ortiz has a fastball that can get up to 97 mph and a slider in the low 80s that works effectively against the fastball. He is developing a changeup to add to his arsenal.

Ortiz is 9-8 with a 2.62 in 3 minor league seasons. He was promoted to AA Frisco recently, but has struggled with a 4.08 ERA in 9 games. He does have 34 strikeouts in 39.2 innings, though.

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2 thoughts on “Brewers Trade Lucroy, Jeffress to Rangers”

  1. Not liking this move for so many reasons I couldn’t begin to get them all down here. The Brewers are intent on making themselves a competitive non-entity in the foreseeable future. That’s what this, and trading Will Smith to SF, tells me. How often does a catcher like Lucroy come along in one’s lifetime?

    1. Lucroy’s contract goes though next season, and the Brewers do not figure to have a team that will compete by then. Lucroy made it clear that he wants to be on a competitive team, and there is little chance that the Brewers would be able to sign him to an extension, especially after Melvin turned down Lucroy’s offer last year.

      After the team got off to a poor start last year, the Brewers announced that they were going to rebuild. They have traded away many veterans and built up their farm system from one of the worst to one of the best. In today’s trades, they added 3 players that are now in their top 6 prospects. This team is now prepared to compete from 2018 on. This season is bad, and next year will be frustrating. But after that, we have the pieces to compete and the depth in the farm system to trade for pieces we need.

      As far as your last question, I would say about 3 in a generation. I really did not want to see Lucroy go, as he is one of my favorite players of all time. However, trading him now is better than having him walk after next year and getting nothing in return. We did that with Prince Fielder, but that was because we were in a pennant race. The Brewers are not going to lose much by letting Lucroy go now. Maldonado is a good defensive catcher that can handle the young pitching staff.

      I urge you to be patient. I haven’t heard David Stearns say it, but everything points to a goal of 2018 as being the year we start being competitive, and it looks like it will be sustainable.

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