The World Series-champion Houston Astros are showing interest in top free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
The pursuit may be something of a surprise since they already have veteran Brian McCann, but McCann was, at the very least, heavily-used last year, to the point where help is definitely needed. Lucroy is believed to have a few teams looking at him, including the incumbent Colorado Rockies, who were happy with his work after acquiring him last year.
The Astros could be intriguing for Lucroy, who lives not too far from Houston, in Louisiana. He had a rough first half last year with the Rangers, starting his walk year in disappointing fashion before going to Colorado, where he produced more typically.
Lucroy has been for years one of the better all-around catchers in the game and an especially productive offensive catcher. He has some versatility and could also play some first base, and he’s a good enough hitter to DH on occasion, as well.
He finished 2017 by hitting .310/.429/.437 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 46 games for the Rockies, who lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League wild-card game. Over his eight-year career, spent mostly with the Milwaukee Brewers, Lucroy is a .281/.343/.433 hitter with 96 home runs. He was twice named an All-Star, in 2014 and 2016. He led all of baseball in doubles with 53 during that 2014 season, finishing fourth in National League MVP voting.