Brewers catcher Lucroy voids trade to Indians


Jonathan Lucroy exercised the no-trade clause in his contract, voiding a deal the Milwaukee Brewers had in place to trade the catcher to the Cleveland Indians.

A trade widely reported as virtually a done deal that would have sent Lucroy to Cleveland fell through on Sunday when the two-time MLB All-Star vetoed the deal.

Cleveland, however, have apparently not given up their pursuit of Lucroy, who is reportedly eyeing free agency in 2017.

The New York Mets are also still in the mix, as are the Texas Rangers, who have reportedly sweetened the pot by including promising 22-year-old third baseman Joey Gallo in their earlier offer to the Brewers.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Lucroy approaching the trade deadline, Milwaukee fans showed their appreciation during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lucroy, who has spent his entire seven years in the MLB with Milwaukee, did not start, pinch hitting in the eighth inning, but he was touched by the standing ovation as he walked to the plate at Miller Park.

"It was pretty cool, a lot of fun," Lucroy told reporters afterward. "I wish I would have gotten a knock there, but we won the game, so that's all that matters.

"The fans have been great to me here. I couldn't ask for a better environment to grow up in if something does happen. If nothing does happen, it's going to be awkward the rest of the year. We'll see what happens. It's out of your control at this point."

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he wanted to make sure Lucroy got a plate appearance.

"I think it all worked out the way I wanted it to," Counsell said. "I don't know what is going to happen, but I thought he deserved that.

"I thought the fans deserved that. It worked out right. It was a really good spot for it to happen. I'm glad the fans acknowledged him. I know he appreciated it."