The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee.
A career .281/.343/.433 hitter, the 31-year-old Lucroy struggled last season with the Texas Rangers, posting a .245 average before being traded at the deadline to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later. That happened less than a year after the Milwaukee Brewers sent him to Texas for a hefty package that included top outfield prospect Lewis Brinson.
Lucroy did bat .310 in his 46 games with Colorado, amassing an OPS of .865 as the Rockies earned a wild card spot.
With a possible suspension looming for Bruce Maxwell, Josh Phegley’s injury history and Dustin Garneau’s meager offensive production, the A’s were looking for help at catcher, and they seem to have found their man. With the one-year deal, Lucroy can serve as a stopgap until prospect Sean Murphy is ready to take the position.