Rockies take calculated risk in deal for Jonathan Lucroy

ARLINGTON TX- JUNE 19 Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy looks for a kid to toss the ball to as he heads off the field during the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON TX- JUNE 19 Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy looks for a kid to toss the ball to as he heads off the field during the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers

Colorado has a solid lead for an NL wild-card spot.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is leaving Arlington for the Rocky Mountains after Texas and Colorado agreed to a deal Sunday night, sending the two-time All-Star to the Rockies for a player to be named later. Basically meaning the team traded for a low-level minor league player.

Lucroy's contract, which paid him $4 million last season and $5.25 million this season, made him a commodity at last season's deadline. He's slashing.242/.297/.338 with 4 dingers, 27 RBI, and 27 runs scored in 306 plate appearances (77 games) this season.

Lucroy's experience behind the plate is a good fit for Rockies' pitchers as well. The official return at the moment is a player to be named, which means what the Rockies send the Rangers could very well be tied to how Lucroy and his new team perform in the coming days, weeks and months (spoiler: zero chance that player will be one almost the caliber of Brinson). The 31-year-old catcher was struggling heavily offensively and significantly hurt his trade value.

Colorado, who sit in a tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first wildcard and six games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers, has seen their catchers connect on the fewest home runs in Major League Baseball and the lowest on-base plus slugging percentage in the NL (.617). Think about this: Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner missed almost three months after he injured his shoulder in a dirt-bike accident on an off-day in Colorado.

The Rockies are willing to bet he finds his swing again.

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