Free Agent options for the Philadelphia Phillies at catcher
At one point Jonathan Lucroy was considered to be one of the top offensive catchers in baseball. He finished fourth in the MVP voting in 2014 as a member of the Brewers when he hit .301 with a league-best 53 doubles and he hit 24 home runs in 2016 for the Brewers and Rangers.
Lucroy has played for four teams in the last three years and has been traded in two of the last three summers. After failing to sign a major contract during the offseason Lucroy joined the A’s in March on a one-year deal worth $6.5 million.
While Lucroy hasn’t been the star he was since leaving the Brewers and in three of his last four seasons he hasn’t played more than 130 games. He also led baseball with 31 caught stealing last year.
One positive is Lucroy’s production at Citizen’s Bank Park, something you can blame either on the yard or the pitchers. In 17 games Lucroy has hit .486 with four home runs at The Bank.
Nick Hundley is someone I pointed to at the trade deadline as a potential upgrade to Knapp should the Giants be willing to trade him. Now the 11-year vet is a free agent and a serviceable option for the Phillies.
Hundley was Buster Posey’s backup last year and hit .241 with 10 home runs in 96 games. At 35-years-old he’s nothing more than a backup, but that’s exactly what the Phillies need. Hundley would give them a veteran voice for Alfaro and someone who can work with a young pitching staff.
The veteran has primarily played on the west coast, spending 95% of his career with a team no further east than Colorado. He played 50 games for Baltimore in 2014 after being traded, but the majority of his career was played for San Diego, Colorado, and San Francisco.