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.