StatsLLC: Jan 15 / 12:00a ET
News: Lucroy is making an unexpected road trip to Washington. It has nothing to do with playing the Nationals.
Impact: When the office of Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin called with an invite to sit in on President Barack Obama's speech next week as recognition for the All-Star's charitable work, Lucroy accepted the opportunity. Lucroy finished fourth in voting for NL Most Valuable Player last season after hitting .301 with 13 homers and 69 RBIs, while providing a steady defensive presence.
Rotowire: Dec 9 / 11:04a ET
News: Lucroy will spending more time getting reps at first base during spring training as an option to handle the position against left-handed starting pitchers, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: The addition of Adam Lind provided a much-needed upgrade to the Brewers' first-base situation, but Lind's career splits against lefties dictate that he should be platooned. As a result, Lucroy could continue to see more playing time than most catchers, while receiving some rest from defensive responsibilities behind the plate. A few more games at first base would also open up more at-bats for backup catcher Martin Maldonado, though Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Lucroy may see approximately 25 games at first base in 2015, a slight increase from the 19 games he logged at the position last season.