The Los Angeles Angels might’ve released veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy earlier this week, but the backstop didn’t last long on the free-agent market.
The Chicago Cubs picked up the former Brewers catcher in order to replace the injured Willson Contreras, who might not return until September to the lineup. Lucroy gives them a trusted veteran option that will handle their pitching staff well as they look to win the NL Central after missing out on the crown last season.
Lucroy will join the Cubs for the rest of the season, looking to rebound on what was a difficult stint with the Angels.
The veteran catcher was released after batting .242 in 74 games with LA. He disappointed with poor hitting and defense after signing a one-year deal with the Angels during the winter.
Now, he will have the chance to serve as Chicago’s primary catcher in the midst of the team’s current playoff run. He is expected to join the team over the weekend, becoming the club’s primary option at catcher until the return of Contreras.
The Cubs are surely lucky to have found a veteran catcher like Lucroy for their stretch run and will hope that he regains his current form as they speech for a playoff spot.