Rockies push for the playoffs, pick up Jonathan Lucroy from Texas

  • Rockies push for the playoffs, pick up Jonathan Lucroy from Texas

Rockies push for the playoffs, pick up Jonathan Lucroy from Texas

So, yeah, the Rockies are doing their best to seize the opportunity in front of them. Colorado had a solid lead for an NL wild-card spot.

The Colorado Rockies have completed a trade to acquire Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Interestingly enough, Lucroy was traded to the Indians a year ago in July but vetoed the deal.

That didn't work out so well for the Rangers. Especially after his horrendous offensive season it's hard to imagine the Rangers wanting to re-sign Lucroy. He had a career slash line of.284/.343/.441 heading into this season, and he was coming off a career-high 24 home runs in 2016. Lucroy hit.242 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 77 games with Texas this year, but the Rangers have two other catchers on their roster that want to utilize more.

Major League Baseball's trade deadline is this afternoon.

Lucroy's experience behind the plate is a good fit for Rockies' pitchers as well.

Lucroy, a career.243 hitters at Coors Field, figures to take over as the Rockies' primary backstop. Start with this: Lucroy has always been one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, and his track record of pitch framing is exceptional. The 31-year-old catcher was struggling heavily offensively and significantly hurt his trade value.