The White Sox, addressing their need for backup catching, signed veteran Jonathan Lucroy to a minor league deal Thursday, a source confirmed. The deal, pending a physical, comes with an invitation to spring training.
After Yasmani Grandal, the departure of free agent James McCann left Zack Collins, Yermin Mercedes and Seby Zavala on the Sox catching depth chart.
A two-time All-Star, Lucroy, 34, appeared in only one game for the Red Sox last season after playing 101 games with the Cubs and Angels in 2019 when he batted .232/.305/.355 with eight homers and 36 RBI.
Lucroy was a 2014 and 2016 All-Star as a Brewer and finished fourth in National League MVP voting in 2014, but his offensive production declined after he left Milwaukee. He batted .253/.319/.348 with only 10 home runs in 935 plate appearances with the Rangers, Rockies, Athletics, Angels and Cubs from 2017-19.
Lucroy owns a .274/.335/.416 hitting line with a .751 OPS in 11 major league seasons.
The deal was first reported by FanSided.