ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The AL West-leading Texas Rangers have acquired two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Jeremy Jeffress from a Milwaukee Brewers for dual former first-round picks.
Texas finished a understanding Monday, a day after Lucroy blocked a trade that would have sent him to AL Central-leading Cleveland. The Rangers dealt outfielder Lewis Brinson and right-hander Luis Ortiz to a Brewers.
The Rangers, who will also send a actor to be named to a Brewers, also dealt 3 pitching prospects to a rebuilding Yankees for All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, New York’s tip descent actor this season.
This is a second year in a quarrel during a deadline that a Rangers acquired a tip actor who had initial deserted a understanding to another team. They got All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels final deteriorate after a pitcher voided a due trade that would have sent him from Philadelphia to Houston.
The 30-year-old Lucroy is attack .299 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs in 95 games this season. He has been with a Brewers for all 6 of his vital joining seasons, attack .284 in 805 games, and his agreement includes a $5.25 million group choice for 2017.
On his accurate Twitter account, Lucroy wrote, ”Now, relocating on to a (at)Rangers let’s take this bad child to a `ship! Really vehement and can’t wait to get after it!”
In another tweet, Lucroy thanked Brewers fans and pronounced they would always have a special place in his heart.
Texas has used 4 starting catchers this season, with Bobby Wilson creation a team-high 38 starts. Robinson Chirinos has started 33 games, many given entrance off a infirm list in early Jun after blank 53 games given of a damaged bone in his right forearm.
Jeffress, 29, is 2-2 with 27 saves and a 2.22 ERA in 47 games this season, a initial year as a closer for a 2006 first-round pick. He expected will be in a setup purpose for a Rangers behind Sam Dyson.
To make room on their 40-man register for Lucroy and Jeffress, a Rangers designated catchers Wilson and Bryan Holaday for assignment. Holaday, who was removed an damage reconstruction assignment during Triple-A Round Rock, started 25 games behind a image for Texas.
Texas has an AL-high 62 wins, and is entrance off a four-game array brush of a fortifying World Series champion Kansas City Royals. With a Astros losing 3 straight, a Rangers have pushed their multiplication lead to 6 games, a biggest opening given a All-Star mangle after heading by as many as 10 games in late June.
Hamels was traded by Philadelphia to Texas after he had vetoed a understanding that would have sent him from a Phillies to a Houston Astros, who during a time led a Rangers in a AL West. Hamels is 19-3 with 3.15 ERA in 33 starts since, including a three-hitter on a final day of a 2015 unchanging deteriorate to bind a multiplication title.
Brinson is a 6-foot-3 core fielder who was a 29th altogether collect in a 2012 pledge draft. He is attack .237 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs in 77 games for Double-A Frisco in a Texas League.
Ortiz was a 30th altogether collect in 2014. He is 4-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 games total this deteriorate for Class-A High Desert of a California League and Double-A Frisco.