Just when the Cleveland Indians were getting ready to go for the kill in the American League Central – and perhaps the entier AL – after stunning the baseball world with the acquisition of New York Yankees closer Andrew Miller, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy derailed the celebration.
Lucroy, who had the Indians on his non-trade list, vetoed the trade Sunday morning when the Indians would not only provide financial incentives for him to accept the deal, but also would not guarantee that he would be their everyday catcher in 2017, a person with direct knowledge of the trade told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
Lucroy, one of the most underpaid players in baseball, earns just $4.35 million this year and $5.25 million next year, and will be a free agent after the 2017 season.
Yet, since they also have injured Yan Gomes under contract through 2019, the Indians plans to reinstall Gomes as their everyday
Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2016/07/31/jonathan-lucroy-vetoes-trade-indians/87884212/
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