By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox are reportedly in agreement to a deal with veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy, likely a minor-league contract. Chris Cotillo of MassLive first reported the news on Tuesday.
Lucroy, 33, will become the seventh catcher to join the Red Sox in camp and give the team depth and competition for the backup spot behind Christian Vazquez. The Sox also signed Kevin Plawecki earlier in the offseason and recently added prospect Connor Wong as part of the trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers.
Most recently a member of the Chicago Cubs, Lucroy would make the Red Sox his seventh major league club. He started his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he played under then-Brewers manager, now-Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke.
Lucroy earned All-Star honors in 2014 and 2016, which were two of his most productive seasons at the plate. In 2014 he batted .301 with 13 home runs, an .837 OPS, and led the National League with 52 doubles. He finished fourth in league MVP voting that season. In 2016, he hit a career-high 24 home runs as he split the season between the Brewers and Rangers.
He’s played 12 games at Fenway Park with 46 plate appearances. Lucroy has a poor .167 batting average and .596 OPS with just one home run in his career playing in Boston.
The veteran backstop brings plenty of experience working with Roenicke and a solid all-around game, but he’s also played more than 126 games in a season just once since 2014. Since he’s likely to sign just a minor-league contract and enters spring training with plenty of competition, it’s fair to wonder whether he’ll contribute at all at the major league level in 2020.
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