Red Sox zeroing in on former All-Star catcher

Rob Bradford
February 18, 2020 - 9:15 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A familiar name is on the verge of joining the Red Sox clubhouse.

According to a major league source, former All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy is close to inking a minor-league deal the Red Sox with an invitation to major league camp. was first to report that the agreement was in the works.

Lucroy will be vying for the backup catcher spot, competing against Kevin Plawecki, who is on the team's 40-man roster.

Once perceived as one of the best offensive catchers in the game, Lucroy has taken a downturn of late, hitting .222 with a .660 OPS in 101 games with the Cubs and Angels in 2019. In 2018 he served as Oakland's starting backstop, playing in 126 games but finishing with just a .241 batting average and .617 OPS.

Lucroy has been named an All-Star twice (2014, 2016), while finishing fourth in National League MVP voting in 2014 after hitting .301 with an .837 and 13 homers, leading the NL with 53 doubles while playing in 153 games. He served as the Brewers' starting catcher for the entirety of current Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke's tenure as skipper in Milwaukee.

Other catchers in big-league camp include Jett Bandy, Roldani Baldwin, Juan Centeno and Connor Wong, who came over in the Mookie Betts trade.