The Red Sox removes the catcher Jonathan Lucroy from their schedule today and summon a right-hander Chris Mazza from their substitute training center in Pawtucket, Chad Jennings and Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic report (via Twitter). The exact nature of the movement is not clear. It is possible that Lucroy will simply be assigned for an assignment, although it is also possible that he could be transported to another club that needs depth of capture.
Lucroy, 34, cracked on Boston Open Day as the third catcher in a row Christian Vazquez and Kevin Plawecki, but he still has to agree with Sox’s plate look. He divided the 2019 season between angels and cubs, climbing to a combined speed of 0.322.305 / 0.355 in 101 games and 328 boards.
It’s been more than three full years since Lucroy enjoyed his last above-average season on a plate, but for a time he was considered the elite stop of the game. From 2012 to 16, Lucroy fired 0.291 / 0.353 / 0.465 (120 OPS +) while drawing elite framing marks and recording a solid theft rate of 27.5%. However, these days are long gone. Over the past three seasons, Lucroy has teamed up with a 0.248 / 0.315 / 0.350 output as his defensive ratings have dropped significantly.
Instead, Sox will add a 30-year-old Mazza – an out-of-court exemption from the Mets, which has only 16 1/3 of MLB inning under the belt. Although Mazza does not have much experience with the big league, last year he turned to ERA 3.67 with 7.3 K / 9 against 2.1 BB / 9 in 76 Triple-A frames. Mazza has an overall ERA of 3.72 or better at each individual level of the lower league and has a compound ERA of 3.21 with 7.4 K / 9 and 2.5 BB / 9. one of the lowest spin speeds in MLB (which is a good thing for platinum).