Shaun Marcum may not be getting an extension offer from the Brewers anytime soon, but it appears Jonathan Lucroy is. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Lucroy may be nearing a 4-5 year deal with Milwaukee. A deal is expected to be announced sometime today.
Lucroy isn’t even arbitration-eligible until after next season and won’t be a free agent until after 2016, but any extension likely would at least buy out his arbitration years and add some cost certainty down the road. With that in mind, it’s hard to believe anyone could hate the idea of a Lucroy extension without seeing the numbers first. He’s not a player that figures to break the bank, and considering position and expected development, the Brewers could end up saving a few million here and there.
Right now, the Brewers are declining to comment on a possible deal. For what it’s worth, Lucroy isn’t playing in today’s spring game against Cleveland after being pulled for George Kottaras at the last minute. We’ll update this post when/if more details come out.
UPDATE 8:00 p.m. CT: Ken Rosenthal says that the deal will be for 5 years. Since Lucroy is expected to be a Super Two player, that deal would buy out four years of arbitration and one year of free agency.
UPDATE 8:08 p.m. CT: And Rosenthal with the figure, too: Lucroy will be getting over $11 million over the five years.
UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. CT: Tom Haudricourt makes an important clarification. If Lucroy is a Super Two, the contract he signed earlier this spring would essentially be ripped up, and the remaining four years on the deal after this season will cover all of Lucroy’s arbitration-eligible seasons.
UPDATE: Mar 27, 3:03 p.m. CT: Adam McCalvy has the unique contract breakdown. Basically, in the unlikely event that Lucroy is not a Super Two, he’ll earn $11 million. If he is, he’ll earn $13 million instead. Either way, the most Lucroy is guaranteed to make in a single season is $4.25 million (there is, however, a $5.25 million team option for 2017).