UPDATE (9:20 PM): The sides completed the deal Sunday night, sending Lucroy to Colorado. Click here for complete details.
ORIGINAL: The Rangers and Rockies are in active discussions about a deal involving Jonathan Lucroy, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Though the talks reportedly “have legs,” MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports that there’s “not enough headway” for a trade to be completed yet.
Colorado is actively searching for a catcher and reportedly has interest in Miami’s A.J. Ellis, Atlanta’s Kurt Suzuki and Detroit’s Alex Avila. Lucroy is obviously a more established option than that trio and may just be the top catcher available his year.
Lucroy, a free agent at the end of the year, has hit just .242/.297/.338 in his second season with Texas. He was a hot commodity at last year’s deadline, using his no-trade clause to block a deal to Cleveland before being packaged with Jeremy Jeffress in a major deadline deal between the Brewers and Rangers.
Colorado would likely not have to pay a high price to add a catcher to their group of Tom Murphy, Tony Wolters and Ryan Hanigan, so they should be considered likely to make a move before tomorrow’s deadline. The Cubs are also looking for a veteran catcher.