Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Angels Wheeling and Dealing

Angels Land Lucroy

Reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Angels and All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy inked a one-year pact on Friday during the early hours of the evening.

Passan reports “Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and the Los Angeles Angels are in agreement on a one-year, $3.35 million deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Lucroy took his physical today and deal should be official soon. He can make more than $4 million total with performance bonuses.”

Former-future-Met Jon Lucroy, now 32, is best known for his days in Milwaukee where he was widely regarded as one of the best catchers in baseball. Since the end of those days, he has seen time out West, a season with the Rangers, half a season with the Rockies, and spent his 2018 campaign in Oakland with the A’s, making the playoffs three times in three years.

Halos Also Looking Into Harrison 

As per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and MLB Network. the Angels are showing interest in utility man and former All-Star Josh Harrison.

The market for Harrison seems to be developing nicely for him, as “They join the NationalsYankees, RedsAstros, Brewers and Giants as teams that have shown interest in Harrison since the Pirates declined his club option after last season”, as per MLB Rumors

Harrison, 32, at one time saw a Top-10 MVP voting finish, but hasn’t quite been able to return to that level of play in recent years.

Dodgers Calling Everyone on Everyone

According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are looking at any and all possibilities as a right handed bat.

Castillo writes “If the Dodgers believe they need another right-handed bat, Realmuto would fill the void. They’ve reached out to the Detroit Tigers about outfielder Nick Castellanos, but the initial asking price was Verdugo or Ruiz, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

“Los Angeles has also been linked to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez, who is without a position after the Cardinals acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Outfielder A.J. Pollock, second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, utilityman Marwin Gonzalez and infielder Jed Lowrie are potent right-handed hitters still available in free agency.”

He also cites interest in Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Yasmani Grandal, among others.

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