The Brewers, Braves and Astros discussed a 3-team deal involving catcher Jonathan Lucroy last month, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. A deal failed to materialize, likely due to Milwaukee's exorbitant asking price.
Milwaukee has been shopping Lucroy for months, with the Athletics, Rangers and Astros showing the most consistent interest in the backstop. The Brewers have reportedly had a high asking price the entire time, despite multiple teams looking to make an upgrade behind the plate and Milwaukee's willingness to move key veterans.
Houston has shown interest in Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte since Atlanta acquired him from the Diamondbacks in the Shelby Miller deal, so it is likely that Inciarte's name was at least discussed in talks about the 3-way deal. Atlanta has not shown a strong willingness to deal Inciarte due to the club's desire to win games in 2016, though is willing to listen on anyone not named Freddie Freeman.
The sides could look to re-kindle talks before the end of spring training, especially with Houston lacking catching depth in the wake of Max Stassi's injury, though Milwaukee's high asking price signifies that there is a high level of interest in Lucroy. As the Brewers continue to tank and the calendar turns toward the non-waiver trade deadline on August 1, the team will likely lower its price on Lucroy in favor of moving him for a few prospects.