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MLB Trade Rumors: Royals in agreement with Martin Maldonado on one year deal

The Royals have found themselves a catcher after the loss of Salvador Perez

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When the Royals lost catcher Salvador Perez to Tommy John surgery recently, it put the team in a real bind. While there is no good time to lose a quality catcher like Perez, losing one after the bulk of the free agent catchers have already been signed is doubly bad even though the Royals were not expected to make a push for contention in 2019. Someone still has to play the position and when a team is going to presumably be giving some young players (in particular pitchers) a chance to see if they are going to be a part of the future, a team wants to have some ability and expertise behind the plate.

Fortunately for the Royals, not ALL of the free agent catchers had signed and they were able to snag a reasonable replacement on a one year deal.

Martin Maldonado isn’t a catcher you necessarily want to build a competitive roster around, but he is a strong defensive catcher although his offensive profile is sketchy at best. Maldonado slashed .225/.276/.351 in 2018 in 119 games with two teams. In 2017, he was able to post 22 defensive runs saved which is a pretty insane number for a catcher although his defensive numbers did come back to earth in 2018.

Again, while we are talking about a 32 year old catcher with limited offensive upside, considering the position the Royals were in, they could do far worse than signing a capable receiver on a cheap one year deal.