Lucroy scratched; near extension?

The Brewers scratched catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the starting lineup on Monday amid a report that he was nearing a multiyear contract extension.

FoxSports.com reported that the Brewers and Lucroy were close to striking a four- or five-year deal. He is already signed for 2012, and enters this season with one year and 136 days of Major League service, meaning Lucroy could potentially qualify for arbitration next winter as a “Super 2” player.

Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the top 22 percent of players with between two and three years of service qualify for arbitration. It used to be the top 17 percent.

The impact of the deal would depend on its length, when it kicks in and the timing of Lucroy’s arbitration eligibility. Teams typically like to “buy out” all of a player’s arbitration seasons and a year or two of free agency in such extensions.

Brewers spokesperson Mike Vassallo said Lucroy was expected back in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Royals.

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