1. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates missed the postseason by one game in 2015. Mind you, that game was a one-game playoff with the Chicago Cubs, who themselves ended up losing to the Mets in the National League Championship Series.
Of all the teams on this list, the Pirates have the most to gain and the most to offer when it comes to a move including the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy.
The Pirates’ current starting catcher, Francisco Cervelli, is heading into his third year of arbitration and will be a free agent in 2017. He’s a better than average hitter as catchers go, but he’s been somewhat injury prone over the last season or two and defensively isn’t as stout as a team annually in contention would like.
Once again we find ourselves discussing a team with an already decent option at catcher, but just like so many others, an upgrade is an upgrade, especially when a regular playoff appearance and run are expected at this point. The Pirates have so many great options in their farm system that letting go of a few for a proven commodity shouldn’t hurt one bit.
Pirates’ prospect first baseman Josh Bell, outfielder Harold Ramirez, and third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes could all find themselves filling vital roles for the Brewers. Also, to the Pirates’ advantage is prospect catcher Reese McGuire. If and when he makes it to the majors, he could stand to be under Lucroy’s tutelage for some time before taking over the mantle himself in a few years.