The 3rd Man In

Time for the Brewers to deal Lucroy

It is no secret that the Milwaukee Brewers are in total rebuilding mode. They’ve traded away veteran pieces in order to restock their rather weak farm system since last season’s trade deadline.

Now with about a month until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the Brewers still have attractive trade pieces on their roster.

One of those players is catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

Lucroy, 29, is regarded as the face of the Brewers’ franchise and is one of the top catchers in baseball.

It won’t be easy for general manager David Stearns to trade Lucroy, but the time is now to deal the veteran backstop.

Lucroy is coming off a down season that saw him hampered by injuries. However, he has proven that he can be a reliable and consistent contributor when healthy.

He is also signed to an extremely team friendly deal with a $4 million salary in 2016 and a $5.25 million club option in 2017.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers could all be potential landing spots for Lucroy, with all three teams having an abundance of well-regarded prospects.

Although it will be difficult to deal away a well liked and extremely talented player in Lucroy, the Brewers need to do what is best for the future of the franchise and deal him for a solid haul of young, talented prospects.

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