It was reported on Wednesday that the Texas Rangers were planning on exercising the option on catcher Jonathan Lucroy for the 2017 season. After spending the first six and a half years of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Lucroy was dealt to the Rangers at the deadline this year to help the Rangers in the playoffs, a playoff hunt that eventually fell short with a loss to Toronto.
Considering Lucroy hit very well for the Rangers down the stretch and they aren't particularly deep at catcher it makes a ton of sense they would want to keep Lucroy another year.
In just 47 games, Lucroy knocked out 11 home runs while slashing .276/.345/.539 for the Rangers ending the season with a total of 24 dingers and 81 RBIs between the Rangers and Brewers.
The free agent market as a whole is very weak, and Lucroy is far and away the best of the bunch and is also easily better than the Rangers backup Robinson Chirinos. The Rangers surrendered top prospects Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz to get Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress so you have to believe they are going to want to get the most out of Lucroy while they have him.null