The Mets have offered a three-player package headed by Travis d’Arnaud to the Brewers for fellow catcher Jonathan Lucroy, says Ken Rosenthal, who adds that the second player in the package is believed to be Brandon Nimmo or a comparable player.
That the Mets are interested in acquiring Lucroy is no secret. After a potential deal sounded unlikely, there was a report on Thursday that the teams were still discussing the 30-year-old catcher. If the Mets were to trade for him, they’d control him through the 2017 season. He’s earning just $4 million this year with a team option for $5.25 million next season.
In 375 plate appearances this year, Lucroy has hit .300/.360/.484 with 13 home runs and a 120 wRC+. He had a down year at the plate in 2015, but his numbers this year are in line with his typical production over the past four seasons.
d’Arnaud looked incredibly promising last year after returning from a couple of long stints on the disabled list last year, as he hit .268/.340/.485 with 12 home runs and a 131 wRC+ in 238 plate appearances. The 27-year-old is under team control through 2019 and will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The consistent knock on him, though, has been the time he’s spent on the disabled list.