New York joins Cleveland and Texas as teams known to be interested in Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News.
The Mets are attempting to remain engaged in trade talks involving Lucroy, although progress between the two clubs will be based on the pieces beyond Travis d’Arnaud the Mets are willing to include in a deal.
A Lucroy trade is not imminent as of Sunday night, according to Ackert. The Brewers reportedly rejected a one-for-one deal involving Lucroy and d’Arnaud.
Lucroy, 30, is arguably the best catcher known to be available in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline. Since he is under club control for another season, Lucroy will likely be moved while he is this valuable for a struggling Brewers team.
Over 89 games, Lucroy is batting .302/.362/.494 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs. He is a career .284 hitter and would give the Mets, who have also been linked to Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress, a stable and consistent starting option behind the plate.
The Mets appear to be considering an upgrade beyond d’Arnaud, who hasn’t hit over .270 in his major league career. He has proven to be a power threat, boasting 25 home runs the last two seasons combined, but has been plagued by injuries throughout his career.
d’Arnaud was out 50 games with a rotator cuff strain this season and was placed on the disabled list twice in 2015.
New York added Yoenis Cespedes before last year’s deadline and clearly wants to acquire another bat to make a playoff run. However, they might not have the prospects necessary to get a deal done.
Cleveland is seeking catching depth after Yan Gomes’ injury, and the Rangers could pursue a top bat this week.