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MLB trade rumors: Rangers shopping Jonathan Lucroy

The veteran catcher has experienced a fast and disappointing decline in Texas.

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Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is on the trading block after being acquired at last year’s deadline, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Lucroy, who just turned 31, has seen a major dip in his power production at the plate as well as his defense behind it. He has been splitting time with backup Robinson Chirinos, and at times seems like the inferior offensive catcher when compared to Chirinos.

The Rangers got off to a very disappointing start to the season, but have climbed out of their funk and now stand just 1.5 games back of a playoff spot. After acquiring Jason Grilli from the Blue Jays, it doesn’t seem like the Rangers are looking to be all-out sellers at the deadline, despite their sub-.500 record. Rather, they see Lucroy as a catcher in decline who they would not look to keep when he is a free agent after this season. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the return package for Lucroy will likely be depleted compared to his value heading into the season.

Lucroy was acquired by the Rangers at the trade deadline last season, shortly after he was selected to the All-Star game as a member of the Brewers. He went on to slug 11 home runs in 47 games after the trade, and finished with 24 on the season. Entering play on Sunday, he had only hit four. Meanwhile, Chirinos has experienced a power surge and currently holds 12 home runs to his credit.

Brett Nicholas is also rumored to be promoted from Triple-A to serve as a backup to Chirinos should Lucroy be moved. Nicholas is slashing .316/.354/.478 for the Round Rock Express.