Why Brewers might have to settle for less in a Jonathan Lucroy trade

Jonathan Lucroy is an All-Star catcher on a team-friendly contract. So why are the Brewers having trouble finding a trade partner for him? Tom Lynn/Getty Images

Jonathan Lucroy is an All-Star catcher having a very good season, batting .300 with 17 doubles and 13 homers while playing for a relatively modest salary of $4 million this year -- and Lucroy has a team option for $5.25 million in his deal. In most summers, that would make him one of the most attractive players in the trade market.

But the 2016 context has not played well for the Milwaukee Brewers as they take offers for Lucroy, because of a lot of circumstances entirely out of their control.