Fresh off winning the World Series, the Houston Astros have begun to poke around the free-agent market this week.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the defending champions have expressed interest in veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Heyman notes that a potential advantage the Astros may have over other suitors is that Lucroy lives relatively close to Minute Maid Park.
However, he slashed .310/.429/.437 over his final 46 games with the Rockies -- a boost aided perhaps by playing in the hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Signing Lucroy would likely push Houston's incumbent backstops Brian McCann and Evan Gattis into platoon roles at designated hitter. Although Lucroy has been a better defensive catcher than both of them throughout his career, he struggled slightly on that side of the ball in 2017.
Lucroy just completed a five-year, $11 million contract originally signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.
-- Nick Ostiller