Report: Lucroy finally traded, goes to Rangers

The Texas Rangers made another big move, acquiring catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers as the trading deadline closed in Monday.

The Rangers and the Brewers had been talking last week about a deal including Lucroy, but the talks ended when Milwaukee agreed to send Lucroy to Cleveland for four players. On Sunday morning, though, Lucroy refused to waive the no-trade provision in his contract and vetoed the trade to the Indians. Cleveland was one of eight teams he could block. He can’t block a deal to the Rangers.

Lucroy acknowledged the trade in a tweet on Monday.

The Rangers gave up two prospects: outfielder Lewis Brinson and right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz. Brinson is a 22-year-old outfielder who is batting .237 with 11 home runs at Double-A. Ortiz, 20, is 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA also at Double-A Frisco.

Jeffress, a 28-year-old right-hander, is 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 47 appearances this season.

The 30-year-old Lucroy is batting .299 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs. He has a $4 million salary this year as part of a contract that includes a $5.25 million team option for 2017.

He thanked Milwaukee’s fans.

Earlier Monday, the Rangers acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran from the New York Yankees.

The Brewers had acquired catcher Andrew Susac in a trade Monday that sent reliever Will Smith to the San Francisco Giants, giving depth to compensate for the loss of Lucroy.



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