Over the past few days, we heard plenty about the Mets' interest in Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. As late as this afternoon, the team was said to be working on acquiring him, but the Texas Rangers landed him and reliever Jeremy Jeffress instead. All along, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was rumored to be a significant piece of a potential deal, but d'Arnaud clearly remains the team's primary catcher moving forward.
Coming off an uncharacteristic down year in 2015, Lucroy has bounced back very nicely this year with a .299/.359/.482 line and a 120 wRC+. That fits right in with his production between 2012 and 2014. d'Arnaud flashed that kind of ability last year, as he hit .268/.340/.485 with a 131 wRC+ in 268 plate appearances, with most of his success coming after he returned from his second stint on the disabled list. Time spent on the disabled list has been d'Arnaud's biggest problem in his major league career, though he he's hit just .239/.290/.321 this year and spent plenty of time on the DL again.
To get Lucroy and Jeffress, the Rangers gave up minor league center fielder Lewis Brinson and right-handed pitcher Luis Oritz, both of whom were on Baseball America's mid-season top 100 list. It's not as simple as this when it comes to trade value, but for the sake of comparison, the two Mets on that list are shortstop Amed Rosario and first baseman Dominic Smith.