MLB Trade Grade: Colorado Rockies Acquire Jonathan Lucroy From Texas Rangers
After being one of the most sought-after players available for trade the Colorado Rockies pulled off a trade acquiring Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers.
With the season currently at a rocky point, the Rangers currently sit at 15.5 games out from 1st and 5.5 games out from the wildcard the Rangers could end up becoming sellers. The Rangers have been getting a ton of interest from teams on Lucroy and Yu Darvish and Lucroy was the first to get traded. Lucroy is set to become a free agent at the end of the year so teams will not give up top-tier prospects in order to acquire him for the second half of the season.
This season, Jonathan Lucroy has a slash line of .242/.297/.635 in 77 games this season. Jonathan Lucroy will likely take on the starting role at catcher and resume the role as backup 1st baseman this year, but now behind Mark Reynolds. Rockies catcher Tony Wolters will serve as backup which could put the roster spot of Ryan Hanigan in trouble.
Final Thoughts: The addition of Lucroy to Colorado is huge. Jonathan Lucroy lands in a situation where he is joining a hitter-friendly ballpark and contributes to a young team which has the pieces to make a solid playoff push. Lucroy currently has 4 home runs this year, expect that number to go up a bit in a remaining couple of months of the season.
Final Grade: Colorado Rockies: A | Texas Rangers: PENDING!