Last week, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy reportedly blocked a trade to the Indians.
Some rumors circled that the Indians weren’t willing to guarantee him a starting catching job next season, or that the Tribe wasn’t willing to extend his contract.
In a letter published on ESPN Friday, Lucroy gave some answers.
What went wrong? Sounds like it had a little to do with money and Indians President Chris Antonetti.
Check out what Lucroy had to write below:
“Antonetti told [my agent] that the Indians couldn’t make any promises on me catching next season. There was no way they’d drop the team option, either, because I’m pretty inexpensive in 2017. I don’t blame them. I would have been mostly at first base and designated hitter. In the end, that was the deal killer. [My agent] called me. He said, ‘You’re not going there.'”
“My decision not to go to Cleveland had nothing to do with the team, but it had everything to do with my future in this game. It was an economic decision. Period. I have to look out for my family’s best interests and my interests as a catcher who’d be going into 2018 not having played my position the previous year. I am a catcher. I’ve been catching since I was 12 years old. I love being behind the plate, being involved in the game from that perspective. I love every part of that. I’m not changing positions for anybody. I don’t care who it is. My value is as a catcher, and I know it.”
“You can say anything you want about what I’ve said in the past about wanting to get traded to a winner and then blocking the trade to Cleveland. Well, guess what? I did get traded to a winner.”