MARYVALE, AZ (WSAU) The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year contract extension with catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Media reports say the deal is worth 11-million-dollars. And it would buy out the years in which Lucroy would have been eligible for salary arbitration, which could have started as early as next winter.
General manager Doug Melvin said he could not confirm Lucroy’s new contract before it’s signed and made official. The 25-year-old has been the Brewers’ Number-One catcher for almost two full seasons.
This spring, he’s batting a solid .469 with 15 hits in 32 at-bats including a homer and six R-B-I’s. Manager Ron Roenicke says both Lucroy and his teammates are more confident in what the catcher’s doing. And the skipper says Lucroy will continue to grow.
Meanwhile, the Brewers are also said to be working on contract extensions for starter Zack Greinke and closer John Axford. Melvin and Roenicke are also in the final years of their deals, but owner Mark Attanasio says both are expected to get extensions as well. Norichika Aoki hit a run-scoring triple in the top of the ninth inning yesterday, to give the Brewers a 6-to-5 exhibition win over Cleveland.
Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 with an single. And he had a pair of R-B-I’s which doubled his previous number from this spring. Braun is now hitting just .120. And he got off to a very slow start after his tumultuous off-season in which he won an appeal of a positive drug test which was made public soon after he won the National League M-V-P award. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke says he’s not worried about Braun, and noted that he’s only had 25 at-bats this spring. Roenicke says Braun is walking a lot now, which means he’s doing a job of taking close pitches – and he pounded a ball at the shortstop yesterday. In Roenicke’s words, “I like what I’ve seen.”
Brewers’ starter Chris Narveson gave up four runs in six-and-a-third innings, including a two-run homer to Carlos Santana. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez missed his second straight game for Milwaukee with a bruised right heel. The Brewers are 10-12-and-2 in Cactus League play, and they’ll face Kansas City this afternoon.