Sunday, July 31, 2016

Indians trade for Jonathan Lucroy-Maybe

The Cleveland Indians appear to have upgraded behind the plate as the Indians have agreed to a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers that would see All-Star backstop Jonathan Lucroy come to Cleveland for four prospects-none of which are higher than AA Akron at the present time.

The deal is not official yet as Lucroy has Cleveland listed among eight teams that he cannot be traded to without his waiving the clause.
One report has Lucroy wanting a contract extension before approving the deal,which I find ironic that a player wants a contract extension to stay in a town that you placed a clause in a contract to not play in.

The 30 year Lucroy would immediately shore up what has been a disaster area for Cleveland this season with the injury issues and anemic offense from Yan Gomes and Chris Gimenez and assuming he would be able to agree to a contract extension could be the mainstay for years.
Lecroy is hitting .300 with 13 homers and is noted for his ability to work with pitchers,so once he settles in would be a an asset behind the plate as well as with the stick.

The four players that are rumored to be in the trade are all prospects,but only one is considered one of the top of the Indians system and only two reside in the top ten.
The jewel of the trade is catcher Francisco Mejia ,who at the age of 20 has hit .343 at stops at Low A Lake County and High A Lynchburg and is in the middle of a 42 game hitting streak at the two levels.
Considering his age,hitting prowess and isn't looked at as a defensive liability,Mejia is a player that you hate to lose,but veteran players like Jonathan Lucroy do not come for free.

Yu-Cheng Chang is a 20 year old shortstop that is a top 15 prospect for the Indians with a .272/12/65 line in High A Lynchburg that looks to be blocked at higher level,so Chang will likely have a faster way to the big leagues in Milwaukee.
Chang has 28 doubles,which shows that he might not be a slap-hitting infielder.although he might project best as a "super sub" similar to the Indians Jose Ramirez.

Greg Allen is a speedy outfielder that looks to be a leadoff hitter.
Allen hit .298 with 31 steals at High A Lynchburg before being promoted to AA Akron last week.
A strong defender,Allen's issue was being in a system with Tyler Naquin,Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer before the Indians used their first rounder on another prep outfielder in Will Benson will have a much better opportunity in Milwaukee.

The fourth name in the trade is the one that isn't consistently mentioned in reports of the trade,but is usually mentioned as 20 year old former first round pitcher Justus Sheffield.
Sheffield is 7-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 91 innings at again-High A Lynchburg.
Sheffield is a good arm in a system that boasts Brady Aiken,Tristan McKenzie and Juan Hillman soon to be on his heels with a solid big league rotation as well,is a prospect that despite his talent would not deplete the system.
In other words,he has been passed by other prospects and could afford to be moved.

Now,here is hoping Lucroy approves the trade,helps the Indians and doesn't make this work all for naught!!

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