Red Sox add catcher Jonathan Lucroy to their player pool

Rob Bradford
July 02, 2020 - 3:49 pm

It was just a matter of time.

Even though Jonathan Lucroy was not on the original list of 47 names submitted by the Red Sox to participate in Spring Training 2.0 it was understood that the catcher would be making an appearance after reworking some contractural issues. Thursday his return became official.

The Red Sox announced that Lucroy has become the 48th name on their list of players partaking in workouts which begin Friday at Fenway Park.

Lucroy, who signed a minor-league deal with an opt-out coming into this season -- making $1.5 million if he made the team during a 162-game regular season -- made a positive impression on the Red Sox coaching staff, likely putting himself in position to make the team's 26-man roster. The 34-year-old catcher was coming off three years of injuries, having finally rediscovered some of the offensive capabilities that allowed for a fourth-place finish in the National League MVP voting in 2014.

In 12 Grapefruit League games, he hit .300 (6-for-20) with seven walks while progressively improving his defense as camp went on. It was believed the Red Sox were trending toward keeping three catchers with Christian Vazquez serving as the starter and Kevin Plawecki (who was also having an excellent spring training) and Lucroy serving as backups.

For more on Lucroy's journey back to health, click here.

For a complete list of the Red Sox' current player pool, click here.