The Brewers have been without Jonathan Lucroy since the catcher suffered a broken toe and was placed on the disabled list April 20. However, that has not kept him out of the news.

With the Brewers suffering what has, so far, been a highly disappointing season, rumors have naturally sprung up that they will look to deal away some players in an effort to rebuild or retool their roster for a run in future seasons. Guys like Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza and Aramis Ramirez are pretty clearly available while others, like Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy, will be more difficult to pry away.

The Braves apparently found out just how hard it would be to get Lucroy. Atlanta inquired about a trade for the 2014 All Star, but were told by the Brewers that he is not available in a trade, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Of any player currently on the Brewers roster, Lucroy might bring back the largest potential return for the Brewers in a trade. Still just 28, he led the league with 53 doubles last year en route to batting .301/.373/.465 and receiving enough votes to place fourth in MVP voting. He's also a fantastic defensive pitcher, particularly with regard to pitch framing, and is under an extremely team-friendly contract.

In short, Jonathan Lucroy might very well be the most valuable catcher in baseball today, especially when taking into account his contract.