Trade Deadline Daily: Mets out on Jonathan Lucroy?

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Talks between the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers regarding catcher Jonathan Lucroy have died down, increasing the odds the 30-year-old will end up with the Texas Rangers.

Jim Bowden's take: The Rangers quickly reacted to the news that Jonathan Lucroy had nixed the agreed trade to the Indians and are trying to be opportunistic by trading to land him. With the asking price so high for both starting and relief pitching, the Rangers feel that Lucroy would improve their entire pitching staff with his above-average game-calling abilities. Even if they do land him, it will not preclude them for trading for a significant starting pitcher -- which remains their top trade goal as the deadline nears.