1) C Jonathan Lucroy, Milwakee Brewers
There has been widespread speculation that Lucroy is a fit for the Mets. Even though Travis D’arnaud has returned, there is still the possibility of a trade. The Mets might not be sold on D’arnaud as their catcher of the future, and could make a move for Lucroy, who can be kept under team control for just over $5 million dollars next season.
The 30 year old is just two seasons removed from a stellar 6.7 WAR campaign. His current .302/.359/.484 slash line suggests he’s bounced back from an injury riddled 2015 and ready to contribute. Lucroy is also solid behind the plate, throwing over 27% of runners for his career.
Between now and the trade deadline, there’s a chance D’arnaud lands on the DL again; he’s been that fragile thus far. Even if he is healthy, the Mets could look to deal him and acquire Lucroy. Win-now teams make win-now moves.
Given the Milwaukee backstop’s contract, production, and age, a high price tag is imminent. A package starting with Zack Wheeler probably garners the interest of the Brewer front office.
Anything can happen between now and July 31st, but keep an eye on these five as the month’s end nears.