The Milwaukee Brewers insist they have no immediate plans to trade catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Brewers general manager David Stearns told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Tuesday that there are "no budding trades in the works" for Lucroy.
#Brewers GM David Stearns reiterated today there are no budding trades in the works for C Jonathan Lucroy.— Tom (@Haudricourt) February 2, 2016
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Stearns said he knows Lucroy will come to spring training "and be a good teammate and give it his all. He's done it throughout his career."— Tom (@Haudricourt) February 2, 2016
Speculation surrounding the prospect of Lucroy being traded as the Brewers engage in a rebuilding project have been present all offseason.
In January, FOX Sports MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reported that Milwaukee was involved in talks to deal Lucroy. A week later, Rosenthal reported that talks had stalled due to the Brewers' high demands for the veteran catcher.
Shortly after that report, Lucroy hinted that he wanted to be traded to a contending team in an interview with the Journal-Sentinel.
"I want to win," he said. "It's not guaranteed that I'm going to win if I am traded. But I'm going to be a 30-year-old catcher. I can't put numbers on how much longer I'm going to play, but as players we want to win. I don't care about the money; I just want to win. That's the bottom line."
While Stearns has assured that the Brewers don't have any potential deals lined up for Lucroy at the moment, Lucroy will continue to be a target of trade speculation, particularly if he remains with the team up to the non-waiver trade deadline in the summer.
Lucroy will make $4 million this season, and has a team option for $5.25 million for 2017.