There’s really no better way to say it: Jonathan Lucroy is good. So good in fact that by the time the 2016 trade deadline comes along, he may no longer find himself a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lucroy, 29, is entering the last guaranteed year of his current contract. Milwaukee still owns his 2017 contractual rights, but it’s merely a team option with a small buyout. It’s highly unlikely that the Brewers would exercise their right to buy out the contract and let him free. With a farm system devoid of substantial talent better than what most would consider “role players” and spot starters, it’s even more likely he’s a valuable commodity useful in an effort to restock the team’s farm system. Relief pitching and middle infield are modest within the Brewers minor league system, but any other position can be considered a desperate need for 2016 and beyond.
Here are the five teams most likely to be in play for Lucroy prior to the MLB trade deadline at the end of this coming July.