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  • Mets offering Travis d'Arnaud for Lucroy
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets offered Travis d'Arnaud straight up in a trade for Jonathan Lucroy and were refuted by the Brewers.

    Advice: The Mets are reportedly still interested in acquiring Lucroy, but it's going to take more than just d'Arnaud to get a deal done. With several other clubs in the mix to acquire Lucroy, the Brewers can afford to sit back and demand a King's ransom for the hard-hitting backstop. Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Centeno picks up two-run double in defeat
    Juan Centeno went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and three total RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Centeno hit a two-run double off Rick Porcello in the second inning. He would later add another double, plus an eighth-inning RBI single. The 26-year-old backstop has picked up five hits in his last eight at-bats. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .265/.301/.398 with two homers and 16 RBI. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Padres 'pushing hard' to move Derek Norris
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are "pushing hard" to trade Derek Norris.

    Advice: The Padres like what they've seen out of Christian Bethancourt and Austin Hedges is killing the ball in the minors this season, so it makes sense that they'd want to shop Norris. The 27-year-old has hit an underwhelming .204/.263/.379 this season and is starting to get more expensive in arbitration, but there will surely be some teams that view him as an upgrade to their catching situation. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears that the Astros like Norris but "it's unclear if talks are active." Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Castillo crushes three-run homer to lead ARI
    Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Castillo jumped the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 advantage when he launched a three-run homer off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning. Snakes starter Zack Godley immediately counteracted that by allowing three runs of his own in the bottom of the frame, but the Diamondbacks eventually came away with the win regardless. For his part, Castillo is slashing .258/.307/.431 with 11 homers and 34 RBI over 260 at-bats. Those numbers aren't mind-melting by any stretch of the imagination, but he offers a nice bit of pop, particularly for a backstop. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Salvador Perez not in lineup Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Drew Butera is catching. Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Michael McKenry inks minors deal with Braves
    Braves signed C Michael McKenry to a minor league contract.

    Advice: McKenry elected free agency after being removed from the Cardinals' 40-man roster and quickly caught on with a new club. A.J. Pierzynski's name has been brought up in trade rumors, so perhaps McKenry will get a shot to replace him. Yesterday, 5:54 am
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  • Gattis homers twice, knocks in four in win
    Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs as the Astros beat the Angels 7-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Gattis terrorized Angels starter Jered Weaver, blasting a three-run shot in the second inning before tacking on a solo dinger in the fourth. The homers were his 14th and 15th of the year, giving him 40 RBI. That power has kept him fantasy relevant, but El Oso Blanco is hitting just .224/.289/.451 on the year. Saturday, 7:36 pm
    5:10 pm vs NYY
  • Lucroy hits two-run home run on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Saturday and finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: Lucroy is a prime candidate to be moved before next weekend's trade deadline. Today's game boosted his trade value a bit higher than it already was. His .301/.362/.494 slash stats with 13 homers and 50 RBI make him one of the top three catchers in fantasy baseball. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Kurt Suzuki cleared of a concussion
    Kurt Suzuki was cleared of a concussion.

    Advice: Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Red Sox after taking a foul tip off his catcher's mask, but he escaped with a minor cut. Consider him day-to-day. Juan Centeno took over behind the plate for Minnesota. Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Cameron Rupp showing no concussion signs
    Cameron Rupp is showing no concussion symptoms.

    Advice: That's great news. Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a 91 mph fastball from Tyler Glasnow off the side of his batting helmet. The 27-year-old catcher entered the day with an impressive .810 OPS and 10 home runs in 62 games. Saturday, 2:50 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Cameron Rupp leaves after HBP to helmet
    Cameron Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a pitch off his helmet.

    Advice: The 91 mph fastball from Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow caught Rupp right in the ear hole. He'll probably be put through MLB's concussion protocol. Look for an update Saturday night or Sunday morning. Rupp was 0-for-1 in the game, after going 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI on Friday night. Saturday, 2:15 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Wieters (foot) hoping to return to lineup Mon
    Matt Wieters (foot) is hoping to return to the Orioles' starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Wieters has been out all week with a bruised foot. Caleb Joseph is doing the filling in at catcher. Saturday, 1:31 pm
    4:05 pm vs Col
  • Angels option Juan Graterol back to Triple-A
    Angels optioned C Juan Graterol to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The club wanted more experience behind the plate so they recalled the hot-hitting Carlos Perez from Triple-A on Saturday. Graterol will continue to serve as organizational catching depth for the Halos. Saturday, 12:25 pm
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    5:15 pm @KC
  • Angels recall Carlos Perez from Triple-A
    Angels recalled C Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Perez was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the month when Geovany Soto returned from the disabled list, but is needed back due to the lack of catching depth. He was also stinging the ball at Triple-A, going 11-for-31 with five extra base hits since his demotion. Saturday, 12:23 pm
  • Athletics place Vogt on family leave list
    Athletics placed C/1B Stephen Vogt on the family emergency medical leave list.

    Advice: Vogt has a family matter that he needs to tend to for a couple of days, so the Athletics brought up Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A to help handle the load behind the plate. Saturday, 12:06 pm
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Athletics purchase contract of Bruce Maxwell
    Athletics purchased the contract of C Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Maxwell joins the big league club as Stephen Vogt is placed on family emergency medical leave. He was pummeling the baseball at Triple-A, slashing .321/.393/.539 with 10 homers and 41 RBI in 60 games. He's in the lineup and making his first career start with the Athletics on Saturday. Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • Pirates recall Elias Diaz from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled C Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He'll provide depth behind the plate for the Bucs with Eric Fryer away on paternity leave. He doesn't hold any fantasy value. Saturday, 10:34 am
  • Pirates place Eric Eryer on paternity leave
    Pirates placed C Eric Fryer on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Fryer's wife gave birth to twins on Saturday morning, so he certainly has his hands full for the next couple of days. Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster. Saturday, 10:33 am
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  • Buster Posey (foot) in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey (foot) is in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was forced to leave Friday's game after fouling a ball off of his back leg. He suffered only a minor contusion though and is back behind the dish and batting third for the Giants against Ivan Nova and the Yankees on Saturday afternoon. Saturday, 10:14 am
    7:15 pm vs Cin
  • Russell Martin (knee) feeling better Saturday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Russell Martin (knee) is feeling much better.

    Advice: Martin sat out Friday's game due to a minor knee injury. He's out again on Saturday, but that's a product of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey being on the hill for the Jays. Look for Martin to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. Saturday, 7:51 am
    4:07 pm vs SD
  • Rupp homers, drives in three vs. Pirates
    Cameron Rupp went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rupp got the Phillies on the board with a single in the sixth inning before adding a two-run homer for some insurance in the ninth. Expectations were modest coming into the year, but the 27-year-old quietly has 10 homers with an .810 OPS through 62 games. He’s gaining momentum in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 6:53 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Buster Posey day-to-day with foot contusion
    Buster Posey was diagnosed with a right foot contusion and is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Posey was lifted from Friday's game after fouling a ball off of his back leg, but X-rays thankfully came back negative. Given the short bench that the Giants are playing with, it wouldn't be surprising to see Posey back in the lineup on Saturday. Friday, 6:25 pm
    7:15 pm vs Cin
  • Posey leaves game after fouling ball off leg
    Buster Posey was forced to leave Friday's game against the Yankees after fouling a ball off of his back leg.

    Advice: Posey fouled a ball off his back foot during his at-bat in the fourth inning on Friday. He stayed in the game to run the bases for himself, but was replaced defensively by Trevor Brown. He'll presumably head for further evaluation and the Giants should have an update on his status after the game. Friday, 5:48 pm
    7:15 pm vs Cin
  • Erik Kratz elects free agency
    Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Kratz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept a minor league assignment. He hit only .107 (6-for-56) with Pittsburgh. Friday, 2:03 pm
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  • Austin Barnes recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled C/INF Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Barnes is 2-for-19 at the plate in the majors this season. He'll back up at catcher, second and third base. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal (illness) back in lineup
    Yasmani Grandal (illness) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Grandal was unavailable Thursday due to a stomach bug. He's catching and batting sixth against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Friday, 1:54 pm
  • Russell Martin (knee) to miss a couple days
    Russell Martin is not in Friday's lineup due to a minor knee injury.

    Advice: He's sit out Saturday, as well, although that was already going to happen with R.A. Dickey starting. Martin hurt his knee when he got lightheaded in a sauna and slipped and fell. Really. Josh Thole will catch Friday and Saturday. Friday, 1:35 pm
    4:07 pm vs SD
  • Evan Gattis (hand) not playing Friday
    Evan Gattis (hand) is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Gattis left Wednesday's game against the A's due to a right hand contusion and it's still swollen. He'll take some swings and could be available off the bench Friday. Jason Castro is at catcher and Preston Tucker is in the designated hitter spot. Friday, 1:32 pm
    5:10 pm vs NYY
  • Matt Wieters (foot) held out again on Friday
    Matt Wieters (foot) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Wieters hasn't played since being hit by a pitch in his foot on Monday. He's considered day-to-day. Caleb Joseph is again behind the plate. Friday, 1:07 pm
    4:05 pm vs Col
  • Yasmani Grandal battling stomach virus
    Yasmani Grandal was unavailable on Thursday due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: It's the same ailment that's kept Corey Seager out of action for three games. Whether either player is available to play on Friday in St. Louis remains to be seen. Friday, 7:57 am
  • Avila (hamstring) expected out four weeks
    Alex Avila (hamstring) is expected to miss around four weeks.

    Advice: Avila was expected to rejoin the White Sox this week, but he aggravated his recent hamstring injury while on his minor league rehab assignment. Dioner Navarro and Omar Narvaez will continue to handle catching duties for now. Thursday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Lucroy getting planned day off Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

    Advice: Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Cervelli out of Thursday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli is out of Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

    Advice: Cervelli will get some rest after catching consecutive games in his return from the DL. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate and catch Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Lucroy out of Brewers' lineup Thursday night
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Commence the trade speculation. Lucroy tallied three RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday night, but Martin Maldonado will get the nod at catcher Thursday. He is batting eighth versus Bucs lefty Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Matt Wieters (foot) remains out Thursday
    Matt Wieters (foot) is sitting out Thursday.

    Advice: Wieters has been sidelined since taking a pitch off his foot Monday night. X-rays came up negative, but there's still some bruising and discomfort. Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate and bat eighth Thursday afternoon against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia. Thursday, 8:21 am
    4:05 pm vs Col
  • Gary Sanchez hammers grand slam Wednesday
    Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez pounded three hits including a grand slam Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: The grand slam came during a 12-run sixth inning. Sanchez has been a steady power presence for the RailRiders this year, slugging 10 homers with 44 RBI over 62 appearances. He's also logged five steals, a respectable total for someone who spends most of his time behind the plate. Sanchez has made a couple cameos in New York but is still looking for his first major league hit (0-for-6). Thursday, 8:12 am
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    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Lucroy drives in three runs and steals a bag
    Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and added a stolen base as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He drove in two runners with a single to left in the sixth inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Lucroy's name is swirling in trade rumors but it hasn't been a distraction for the All Star catcher. He is batting .305/.362/.492 with 12 home runs in 311 at-bats. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Evan Gattis day-to-day after hand contusion
    Evan Gattis left Wednesday's game against the A's due to a right hand contusion.

    Advice: Gattis is being listed as day-to-day. He was lifted in the seventh inning with the injury, but remained in the clubhouse. With the Astros off on Thursday, the slugger could potentially return to the lineup without missing a game when they face off with the Angels on Friday. Wednesday, 5:19 pm
    5:10 pm vs NYY
  • Report: Indians shooting for Lucroy trade
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians are "in talks" for a potential Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: There are no details as to who the Indians might have to give up in return for Lucroy. As far as available catchers go, the 30-year-old backstop is about as reliable as they come. This season, he is slashing .305/.362/.494 with 12 homers and 45 RBI over the course of 308 at-bats. Lucroy has told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman that he would like to play for a contender. At 55-38 and holding a seven-game lead in the AL Central, the Indians would fit that bill. Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) being reevaluated
    Alex Avila (hamstring) is being reevaluated by the White Sox after he pulled himself from Tuesday's rehab game.

    Advice: Avila was closing in on a potential Thursday return to the big league club, but that has been thrown into question after he was forced out of his rehab showing on Tuesday. The 29-year-old backstop was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain on July 6. The White Sox will update his status on Thursday. Wednesday, 1:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Avila (hamstring) might not be ready Thurs.
    Alex Avila (hamstring) might not be ready to return Thursday.

    Advice: That had been the target date, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura told the media Wednesday that Avila pulled himself from a rehab game Tuesday night. There should be a status update at some point Wednesday evening. Wednesday, 11:29 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Pirates activate, option catcher Elias Diaz
    Pirates activated C Elias Diaz from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Diaz is recovered from the May debridement procedure on his right elbow, but he's not needed right now in Pittsburgh with Francisco Cervelli (hand) returning to action this week and Eric Fryer backing him up. Wednesday, 10:48 am
  • Grandal connects for 13th homer against Nats
    Yasmani Grandal hit his 13th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The dong was Grandal's first since a three-homer game leading into the All-Star break. He's got 38 RBI and 22 runs scored to go with a disappointing .208/.321/.429 line on the season. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Cardinals DFA catcher Michael McKenry
    Cardinals designated C Michael McKenry for assignment.

    Advice: McKenry saw only two plate appearances in his short stay with St. Louis and did not register a hit. The veteran catcher will probably pass through waivers unclaimed. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
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  • Matt Wieters day-to-day with bruised foot
    X-rays turned up negative on Matt Wieters' foot.

    Advice: Wieters was sent for X-rays late Monday night after taking a pitch off his foot in the first inning of the Orioles' series opener against the Yankees. He still managed to catch the entire game, but Caleb Joseph will start in Wieters' place on Tuesday night versus New York. Wieters is considered day-to-day. Tuesday, 12:59 pm
    4:05 pm vs Col
  • Pirates designate Kratz for assignment
    Pirates designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

    Advice: Kratz gets the boot now that Francisco Cervelli is ready to return from the disabled list. The 36-year-old hit just .107 (6-for-56) during his month-long stay with Pittsburgh. Tuesday, 12:47 pm
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  • Pirates activate Francisco Cervelli from DL
    Pirates activated C Francisco Cervelli from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cervelli, who is working his way back from a broken left hand, went 4-for-10 with a double and three walks over three games during his minor league rehab assignment. He's batting sixth in his return to action Tuesday against the Brewers. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Matt Wieters headed for X-rays on foot
    Matt Wieters was sent for X-rays on his foot after Monday's game.

    Advice: Wieters was hit in the foot by a pitch in the first inning, but he dealt with the soreness and caught the entire game. The Orioles should provide an update on his status prior to Tuesday's game. Monday, 7:35 pm
    4:05 pm vs Col
  • Gatis not in Monday's lineup
    Evan Gattis is not in Monday's lineup against the Athletics.

    Advice: A.J. Reed will serve as the designated hitter against right-hander Kendall Graveman and Jason Castro is behind the plate. Gattis is batting just .147 with one home run and a .518 OPS this month. His at-bats could be at risk if or when Alex Bregman and/or Yulieski Gourriel get the call. Monday, 4:15 pm
    5:10 pm vs NYY
  • Angels call up C Juan Graterol
    Angels purchased the contract of C Juan Graterol from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Geovany Soto (knee) on the active roster. Graterol was batting .292/.331/.357 over 46 games in Triple-A this season, but he's not a fantasy option. Monday, 4:03 pm
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    5:15 pm @KC
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) to be activated Thurs.
    Alex Avila (hamstring) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: He'll begin a short rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Avila has batted .236/.362/.358 for the White Sox this season. Jul 17, 10:44 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Posey goes 3-for-5 with a homer on Saturday
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 and hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th inning but the Giants eventually lost to the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: He added a run-scoring double in the fifth inning. The solo home run gave him 12 for the season to go with his .293 batting average, 53 runs and 44 RBI. The 29-year-old is still the top fantasy catcher in baseball as he has been for several years. Jul 16, 9:56 pm
    7:15 pm vs Cin
  • Lucroy swats a two-run homer on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run, his 12th of the season, against the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: He finished the game 1-for-3 plus a walk. His batting average climbs to .303 and the two RBI give him 45 for the season. Lucroy is one of the best catchers in baseball, both with the bat and the glove. His name is swirling in trade rumors and there is a high likelihood he will be changing teams in the next two weeks. He will be a fantasy stud no matter where he ends up. Jul 16, 7:51 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy a possibility for Atlanta?
    SB Nation's Scott Gelman reports the Braves are looking to acquire a catcher at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The Braves will be without Tyler Flowers (fractured hand) for the next 4-6 weeks, which leaves them with A.J. Pierzynski and Anthony Recker behind the plate. Jonathan Lucroy has piqued Atlanta's interest in the past, though the catcher has already said he would prefer to play for a contender. Lucroy is set to become a free agent in 2018 and the Braves would probably need some assurance that he'd be open to a contract extension before pursuing him in a trade. The Rangers have also been linked to Lucroy, who was named to his second All-Star team earlier this month. Jul 16, 12:38 pm
  • Martin sitting with Dickey on the mound
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: As always, Josh Thole will catch for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Martin went 1-for-5 last night in his first game of the second half. He's only hitting .227 this year and has been a difficult player to trust in fantasy. Jul 16, 10:38 am
    4:07 pm vs SD
  • Stephen Vogt goes 3-for-4, homers
    Stephen Vogt went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: Maybe Vogt will have a little chip on his shoulder after getting selected for the All-Star Game as Oakland's only rep and then being held out of the game by Ned Yost. It's just the second time this year that he's knocked in three runs in a game. Jul 15, 10:47 pm
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Perez strokes RBI single as Royals lose
    Salvador Perez stroked an RBI single on a 1-for-4 night against Justin Verlander and the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: The Royals couldn't generate much in the way of offense in this one. The RBI was number 42 for Perez, who is slashing .282/.317/.500 on the season. In a dismal year for backstops league-wide, Perez remains a top five fantasy catcher. He ranks in the top five among all qualified catchers in batting average, runs, home runs and RBI. Jul 15, 8:12 pm
  • Rangers' talks for Lucroy went nowhere
    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that trade talks between the Brewers and Rangers "went nowhere" regarding Jonathon Lucroy.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported earlier Friday that the Rangers have discussed both Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress with the Brewers, but there's nothing to suggest that anything is close and Texas could be better off using their assets to acquire a starting pitcher. Meanwhile, Haudricourt hears that the asking price for Lucroy remains "very high." And that's understandable, as Lucroy's contract includes a bargain $5.25 million club option for 2017. Jul 15, 3:09 pm
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