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Heyman | Astros showing interest in catcher Jonathan Lucroy

Jon Heyman

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Sep 22, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy (21) hits an RBI single during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

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Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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