Jonathan Lucroy Reportedly Signs Contract with Cubs After Release from Angels

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IAugust 7, 2019

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 19: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets ready to bat from the on-deck circle during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 19, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Cubs have added insurance at catcher as MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that Jonathan Lucroy will sign with the team. 

The move to Chicago comes after Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 2. The 33-year-old had signed a one-year contract with L.A. ahead of this season. With the Angels, Lucroy appeared in 74 games—starting 61 at catcher—and batted .242 with 30 RBI and seven home runs. 

Lucroy joins the Cubs after their All-Star catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain on Aug. 4. Contreras is expected to be sidelined for four weeks.

Lucroy has suffered a serious injury this season, too.

Against the Houston Astros on July 7, Lucroy experienced a violent collision with Jake Marisnick at home plate. Lucroy exited the game on a cart and was later diagnosed with a concussion and broken nose. "He knocked me out," the two-time All-Star told ESPN's Alden Gonzalez five days later.

He didn't play again until July 31, which turned out to be his last game as an Angel. 

Lucroy began his MLB career with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he played from 2010 until the team traded him to the Texas Rangers in Aug. 2016. 

Since, Lucroy has played for the Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and Angels. 

With the Cubs, Lucroy will presumably assume the starting role in Contreras' absence and push Victor Caratini back into his backup role. 

Chicago owns a 62-52 record atop the National League Central after defeating Oakland 10-1 Wednesday afternoon.