9:58 a night: Factoring incentives, the maximum value of the Lucroy agreement is $ 4,525MM, Mark Feinsand from MLB.com tweet
19:36: The Angels have agreed to a one-year guarantee, $ 3.35MM with free agent catchers Jonathan Lucroy, who has taken physical, Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports tweet Jon Heyman from Fancred first reported both parties approaching the contract. Lucroy, a client from Excel Sports Management, will have the opportunity to get more than $ 4MM in his new deal, according to Passan.
32-year-old Lucroy will stay at the American League West, where he played with Rangers from 2016-17 and Athletics last season. After the split in 2017 between Texas and Colorado, former star Brewers must be satisfied with a one-year guarantee, $ 6.5 MM with A just weeks before the 2018 campaign begins. Lucroy finally drew raves from his teammate and coach in Oakland, who surprisingly got a wild card spot. However, he easily experienced the worst statistical season of his career.
After being among the elite backstops of all majors, Lucroy limped to the line 0.241 / 0.291 / 0.325 at 454 plate appearances last year. From the hitter who won at least 400 PA, he was ranked sixth from the bottom in ISO (0.084) and the last ninth in wRC + (70), continuing the sudden decline of mercy for someone who was a great offensive presence recently 2016. Things got worse, for the second year in a row, the former tone board player experienced extreme difficulties as a defender, according to Baseball Prospectus. However, for Lucroy's confession, he really threw out 30 percent of the potential burglars.
Regardless of the problems over the past few years, it seems that Angels will rely on Lucroy to play an important role in 2019. The club enters Friday without a truly established option behind the plate, because Kevan Smith (497 PA major league) and Jose Briceno (128) is the only catcher on the list of 40 people. Given that Smith does not have a minor league option, chances are he has a deep path to support Lucroy. But whether Lucroy took a pickup that was significant enough for Angels to stop seeking help in that position is debatable. If Halo is satisfied with Lucroy, Smith and Briceno, it will remove applicants for the top available free agent catchers, Yasmani Grandal, which according to them was pursued.
For Angels, the signing of Lucroy is the fourth important step they make in free agency this winter. Previously, the team made the first baseman Justin Bour and a pair of right hand on Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill – all of them also received a one-year commitment. Angels have been associated with other free agents – including relievers David Robertson and infielder Josh Harrison on Friday – and considering they still have clear needs, general manager Billy Eppler cannot do this offseason. For now, the Angels' hopes are that the addition of their free agent quartet will help provide better supporting players for the main players, midfield midfielders Mike Trout, when he headed for the second year of team control. Angels have managed only one postseason trip and without a playoff win since the future Hall of Famer debuted in 2011, and they are currently mired in a four-year drought.
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