Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Mets are currently in the mix for Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Ackert also reports that the Mets have shown interest in acquiring Brewers relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith. All three players have been hot names on the trading block as the Trade Deadline nears.
The Brewers have apparently already rejected a Lucroy-for Travis d’Arnaud straight up trade according to Ackert. The report also states that the Mets would have to package a blue-chip prospect along with catcher Travis d’Arnaud for a potential deal to come to fruition. Right now a couple of names that would come to mind include shortstop Amed Rosario (who the Mets are adamant on not trading), first baseman Dominic Smith, and possibly second baseman Dilson Herrera. It is unclear how much the Mets would be willing to give up to acquire Lucroy as far as top prospects go. The Brewers may already have an idea of who they want back from the Mets, as they were already reportedly scouting Mets prospects at their lower affiliates, along with several other teams recently.
The 30-year old catcher is hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs this season and was recently named to his second All-Star Game. The high price tag also comes with the fact that Lucroy is cheaply controllable with a team option for next season at $5.25 million. The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers are also reportedly in the mix to acquire Lucroy.
The Mets who are also rumored to be looking for bullpen help would love to add either right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress or lefty Will Smith. Jeffress, 28, has a 2.23 ERA and 23 saves in 42 relief appearances, and the 27-year old Smith, has a 3.86 ERA in 23 relief appearances.