The Rockies have officially struck a deal to acquire Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported). Texas will get a player to be named later (Note: the PTBNL cannot be a draft pick.)
Source: Lucroy to #Rockies.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2017
Lucroy, 31, has been connected to the Rockies for the past week, things just started to heat earlier today. Lucroy doesn’t only bring talent behind the plate, but he also brings experience. Lucroy could use a midseason turnaround. Through 306 plate appearances this year, the veteran is hitting just .242/.297/.338 with 4 HRs.
Lucroy won’t put a big dent on the payroll for the Rockies, he is earning just $5.25M on the year, just over $1.8M of which remains. Lucroy is set to reach the open market at the end of this season.
In 2016 Lucroy showed the kind of player he could be, he hit .292 with 24 HRs and had 81 RBIs. Last season Lucroy had a .355 on base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.
Lucroy has hit lefties and righty decent all season, but he has more power against righties and more average against lefties. He hits .254 with 1 HRs and 10 RBI’s against lefties, and he hits .238 with 3 HRs and 17 RBI’s against righties.
Wolters, 25, has been the catcher for the Rockies this season. Wolters will most likely still get playing time. Against righties, he is hitting .263, but against lefties, he hits just .209. You could see Wolters get the start against a right-handed pitcher if the situation is right.
On the season Wolters has hit .251/.349/.302 with 8 doubles. In his first two seasons in the MLB Wolters has been very consistence. Last season Wolters hit .259/.327/.395 with 3 HRs