The Rangers have traded catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies for a player to be named later, a major-league source confirmed Sunday night. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal.
Texas and Colorado were known to be discussing a deal involving Lucroy earlier today. The Rockies have been looking for a catcher to add to their lackluster current group of Tony Wolters, Ryan Hanigan and Tom Murphy and are getting the best available option on this year’s market.
The Cubs are here for exactly one reason: Eloy. That doesn’t mean Quintana wasn’t a perfect fit. He was, and his contract will allow the Cubs to be even more creative in the offseason. I’m also a huge Justin Wilson fan, and reinforcing the catching position with a lefty bat who almost made the All-Star team was extra sweet. So I love the talent the Cubs got back, and it will make them a better team right now. Maybe even a much better team. Which is the point, I guess.
But the Cubs had to give up a top-10 prospect to get Quintana. The Yankees didn’t. While Quintana is off to the kind of start with the Cubs that reminds us all that he’s a better pitcher than Sonny Gray, I’m not sure that the difference is that vast. But the Cubs gave up a top-10 prospect in baseball and another top-100 prospect, and the Yankees got to hang on to Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, and Chance Adams.
I’m not sure if the lesson is to wait until the last second, but it feels like the Yankees helped themselves by waiting. The White Sox didn’t want to watch Quintana have a second half as disappointing as his first half, so they Cheap Patriots Jerseys had some urgency too, just like the A’s with Gray. The Yankees waited the A’s out. The Cubs got things Cheap Pro Jerseys over quickly.
That means the Cubs got the better pitcher, too, I suppose. But they also gave up Eloy.