The Red Sox have added more competition to the catching group before Spring Training.
It was announced early Tuesday morning that the Boston Red Sox were in agreement with catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a minor league deal. After a breakout campaign in 2016, Lucroy’s inconsistency has been coupled with injuries leading to tenures with six different organizations.
Lucroy has agreement with Red Sox. Minors deal but needed there.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 18, 2020
There’s been plenty of moaning and groaning within Red Sox circles over the addition of Lucroy, but adding the veteran is a very solid addition to the organization. At 33 years old, there is still production to be had and he represents an immediate offensive upgrade over Kevin Plawecki, Jett Bandy, and Juan Centeno. Health concerns are legitimate, but this is a shrewd low-risk, high-reward move for the Boston Red Sox.
It wasn’t too long ago that Lucroy was a multiple time All Star and was a key Trade Deadline acquisition while with the Milwaukee Brewers. Adding to the familiarity, Ron Roenicke managed the former standout catcher and he very well could emerge as a backup to Christian Vazquez and represent an upgrade over Sandy Leon.
If the Red Sox are able to get any of the 24 HR, 81 RBI production from a few seasons ago, Chaim Bloom will have made a very solid acquisition. At the very least, it allows Bandy and Centeno to catch in Pawtucket and fill holes in a very weak position within the organization.