Jonathan Lucroy has exercised his no-trade clause and vetoed trade from #Brewers to Indians. Details to come.— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 31, 2016
The Indians were one of eight teams on Lucroy's no-trade clause, which he updates annually, although he previously stated he would waive the clause if it meant going to a winning team. Presumably, he wanted more money or a contract extension considering he is in the midst of a very team-friendly five-year, $11 million contract.
The Indians agreed to a deal around midnight Sunday that would have sent Francisco Mejia, Greg Allen, and Yu-Chang Cheng to the Brewers in exchange for the All-Star catcher. Fans even made a hashtag and everything to encourage Lucroy to waive the clause, but apparently he doesn't like the idea of getting a haircut with Matt Underwood.
Now officially out of the Lucroy market, the Indians could still turn to other catchers available for a trade, most all of which would come even cheaper than what they were expecting to give up for Lucroy.
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UPDATE: DON'T BURN YOUR JERSEYS YET
Sources: Effort to convince Lucroy to change his mind and accept CLE trade will continue.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2016
UPDATE 2: MAYBE BURN THEM A LITTLE BIT
Sources: Jonathan Lucroy wanted Indians to rip up 2017 club option to get him to waive no-trade clause. Understandably, Cleveland said no.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2016
UPDATE 3: MAKE A BONFIRE OUT OF THEM
indians have "moved on." lucroy will not be an indian. there will be no reworking.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2016