The Brewers have acquired catcher Jett Bandy from the Angels for catcher Martin Maldonado and right-hander Drew Gagnon, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports and Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The trade represents a swap of catchers for two clubs that seem light on catching depth heading into next season. Maldonado was projected to start for Milwaukee with Andrew Susac serving as a backup, while Bandy and Carlos Perez were the two primary options for the Halos.
Bandy, 26, hit .234/.281/.392 with 70 games for the Angels last season and will likely become the primary catcher in Milwaukee. He is controllable through the 2021 season, and could be complemented with a veteran free-agent addition before spring training.
Maldonado, 30, took over the Brewers’ main catching duties in August after the team traded Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers and hit just .202/.332/.351 with eight homers on the season. The veteran is more defense-oriented, and is controlled for just two more seasons.
Gagnon, 26, split his season between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 4.48 ERA in 68.1 innings. The former third-rounder did not rank among the club’s top 30 prospects, per MLB.com.