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Angels add veteran catcher Lucroy on 1-year deal

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The Angels announced Saturday that they have reached a deal with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The contract is for one year and $3.35 million and can net Lucroy as much as $4.525 million with performance bonuses, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan first reported the details.

The Angels announced Saturday that they have reached a deal with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The contract is for one year and $3.35 million and can net Lucroy as much as $4.525 million with performance bonuses, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan first reported the details.

Lucroy, known for his bat and pitch-framing skills, was an All-Star as recently as 2016, but has endured consecutive down years with the Rangers, Rockies and A's. He hit .241/.291/.325 in 126 games for Oakland last season.

The Angels are lacking experienced options at catcher. Jose Briceno, who played 46 games as a rookie last season, and Kevan Smith, who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in October and played in parts of three seasons in Chicago, are the only backstops on the 40-man roster.

The club was previously considered among the front-runners to land free agent Yasmani Grandal, the top catcher on the market, but the former Dodgers backstop would likely be a more costly option.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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