Red Sox Add Catcher Jonathan Lucroy to Player Pool After Initial Absence

Jonathan Lucroy
Boston Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox announced their initial player pool for the 2020 season over the weekend, but only named 47 of a possible 60 players. The reveal featured a surprise omission in catcher Jonathan Lucroy, but it was always speculated that the club would eventually extend an invitation to the two-time All-Star.

Per Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic, the Red Sox added Lucroy to their 60-man roster on Thursday after adjusting his contract earlier in the week. He'll serve as a non-roster invitee as players report to Fenway Park for camp.

This was unquestionably the right move by Boston, as Lucroy was enjoying a solid Spring Training before play was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. In 12 Grapefruit League games, he hit .300 (6-for-20) with seven walks.

The 34-year-old is coming off three injury-plagued seasons, during which he spent time with five different teams. Back in February, the Red Sox signed him to a minor-league deal with an opt-out coming into Spring Training.

If Lucroy remains healthy and motivated, there's no reason to think that he couldn't beat out Kevin Plawecki, who was also having a nice preseason, as the backup catcher to starter Christian Vazquez.