According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the New York Mets offered their starting catcher, Travis d’Arnaud, straight up for Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Although the offer was rejected, it could be the early framework of a larger deal between the two teams. Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Mets do have the pieces necessary to swing a Lucroy deal.
The Mets and Brewers have been linked already, as Jon Morosi mentioned that the Mets have interest in Brewers’ relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress. Also, in the Carlos Gomez proposed deal last season, it shows that the Brewers are intrigued by Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler, if they wanted to revisit those names as compensation for Lucroy.
Lucroy’s name has been in trade rumors for months, and with the trade deadline one week away, the news surrounding Lucroy will continue to swirl. The Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians are also interested in Lucroy. He is batting .301 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs this season in addition to making the All-Star team for the second time in his career.
The Mets have been in the market for offensive help because of the injuries to David Wright, who is lost for the season, and first baseman Lucas Duda. Names that the Mets reportedly had interest in are Trevor Plouffe of the Minnesota Twins and Danny Valencia of the Oakland Athletics. The Mets currently sit behind the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins in the National League East and would miss the postseason if it started today, after going to the World Series last season. They have also had to juggle multiple catchers this season due to d’Arnaud’s injuries.
Although the initial offer from the Mets was declined, it certainly seems to be a story to monitor as we move closer to the deadline next Monday afternoon.