"I'm not going to sit here and say we're going to compete for the playoffs this year," Lucroy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a telephone interview. "If I did that, you'd call me a liar. I'd lose credibility and respect. I want to win, and I don't see us winning in the foreseeable future. I want to go to a World Series. That's what all players want. Rebuilding is not a lot of fun for any veteran guy.
"It's not guaranteed that I'm going to win if I am traded, but I'm going to be a 30-year-old catcher," he said. "I can't put numbers on how much longer I'm going to play, but as players, we want to win. I don't care about the money. I just want to win. That's the bottom line."
Of course, not a lot of winning is expected to go on in Milwaukee this season. The Brewers have committed themselves to a full rebuild under new general manager David Stearns and figure to be one of the worst teams in the majors this year (FanGraphs currently projects a 71-91 record for the club).
So will Lucroy be traded before the 2016 season? The Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals are among the teams who have discussed a deal for the catcher with the Brewers, but Milwaukee's asking price is perceived to be too high, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
Lucroy, an All-Star and fourth-place finisher in the NL MVP vote in 2014, is coming off an injury-riddled 2015 season, so teams are likely trying to buy low on him, which Milwaukee isn't biting on. That said, it's possible that the Brewers could hold off on trading the catcher until either spring training or the July 31 deadline so he has a chance to rebuild his value.
If that's the case, expect the Rangers, who reportedly tried to trade for Lucroy at last year's deadline, and Nationals, who "really like" him, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post, to be among the most aggressive bidders.
Here are a few other rumors making their way around the league today:
Yoenis Cespedes: Unsurprisingly, the market for Cespedes continues to attract plenty of attention. The San Diego Padres are monitoring the situation, a source tells Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Lin writes that a match is unlikely at the moment, but it's telling that San Diego is at least involved. Meanwhile, both the Miami Marlins and Nationals are also interested in the 30-year-old, Rosenthal reports in separate tweets. According to Rosenthal, the Marlins are considering Cespedes on a short-term deal, which team president David Samson denied during a Tuesday press conference (h/t Bob Nightengale of USA Today). As for the Nationals, they, too, are hoping the price comes down on the free-agent outfielder. The Atlanta Braves are ready to move on a short-term deal with Cespedes if he wants one, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. Also, the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox potentially remain in the hunt. Stay tuned for more updates.
Colorado Rockies: Although the Rockies trading an outfielder appeared likely after the signing of Gerardo Parra, the team might not pull the trigger on a deal after all. In a conference call with reporters, including Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Colorado GM Jeff Bridich deflected any trade talk regarding his crowded outfield. "I know it's popular to expect a trade, but it's tough to put odds on it right now," Bridich said. "The last thing I want to do is apologize for bringing more talent into this organization." The Rockies are said to be listening to offers on Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez, but no trade talks have appeared to reach a serious stage. If the team doesn't deal any of its outfielders (who all hit left-handed, by the way), at-bats could be hard to come by for one of the four. "Having too much depth is a good thing," Bridich said.
Antonio Bastardo: The Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Mets are all interested in a deal with the free-agent left-hander, a league source tells Robert Murray of Baseball Essential. Bastardo is coming off an excellent season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, in which he posted a 2.98 ERA in 57 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old is said to be seeking a deal similar to Tony Sipp's three-year, $18 million contract with the Houston Astros.
Colby Rasmus: Speaking of the Astros, they appear to have a big fan in Rasmus. The 29-year-old, who accepted Houston's qualifying offer this offseason to remain with the team on a one-year, $15.8 million deal, told reporters, including the Houston Chronicle's Brian Smith, that he would like to be an Astro for the remainder of his career. "As I stand here right now, I’d like to see myself in Houston for the rest of my playing days," Rasmus said. "I would really like that. I think that would be great for my family. I enjoy it here. I think there’s great people, great atmosphere that they’re trying to create -- the organization as a whole wanting to win and putting good players on the field." Last year was Rasmus' first with Houston.