After the Indians botched and scotched a deal to land Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers, the Rangers swept in and bagged the catcher Monday when their deal to land Carlos Beltran from the Yankees had barely sunk in.
With relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress also going to Texas in the deal, the Rangers sent the Brewers prospects Lewis Brinson (OF) and Luis Ortiz (P), thought to have been two of the Rangers’ top three prospects. A slightly expensive price but one that might help push the Rangers to the postseason in hand with the Beltran deal.
Lucroy, who preferred going to a contender, apparently can’t wait to strap it on for the Rangers. “Now, moving on to the @Rangers let’s take this bad boy to the ‘ship! Really excited and can’t wait to get after it!” he tweeted when the deal was done.
The 30-year-old catcher blocked an earlier deal to the Indians when the Tribe wouldn’t consider reworking his financial incentives and made it known to him they planned to platoon him with some additional first base work while sticking to Yan Gomes—an inferior hitter and lesser pitch framer—behind the plate.
MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE JUNGLE . . .
HALO GOODBYE DEPT. The Angels, who need something of an overhaul in lots of places not named Mike Trout, decided to fix their pitching troubles by dealing for . . . Ricky Nolasco, whom they acquired from the Twins with struggling reliever Alex Meyer in a swap that sends Hector Santiago to the Twins. The trade’s positives for either side seem to be two things: difficult and impossible.
The Angels are also said to have sent another pitcher, Joe Smith, one of their more reliable bullpen men, to the Cubs for minor league reliever Jesus Castillo, who’s been having the best of his four minor league seasons this year thus far.