The Cleveland Indians are one of eight teams on Jonathan Lucroy's partial no-trade list, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has revealed. Along with the Tribe, the Milwaukee Brewers catcher can block trades to the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Washington Nationals.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Lucroy's contract stipulates that he can block trades to eight teams any season, which sounds like he can switch them every season. Based on his other choices, he may not have had much faith in the Indians living up to their lofty pre-season projections. Lucroy also said in an interview that he would be willing to waive the no-trade clause in order to join a contending team. If he does want to join a winner, he should consider waiving it to join the Indians.
The Indians have been constantly linked to Lucroy this month, even more so when starting catcher Yan Gomes went down with an AC joint separation injury and was expected to miss 4-to-8 weeks. Gomes was one of the worst hitters in the entire league prior to the injuries so, presumably, the Indians have been poking around Lucroy for a while.
Lucroy is slashing .300/.361/.486 with 13 home runs this season for the Brewers. He would provide an instant boost for the Indians over Roberto Perez or Yan Gomes when he returns, but would come at a steep price. The Brewers could be demanding one of, or both of, Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer.