REPORT: Chicago Cubs could move catcher Martin Maldonado
The Chicago Cubs are looking to make moves ahead of the MLB trade deadline. After acquiring Derek Holland from the San Francisco Giants this week to beef up the bullpen, the Cubs may be looking to send a player out.
Martin Maldonado was acquired from the Kansas City Royals to help at catcher when Willson Contereras went to the injured list. Now that Contreras is back, however, the Cubs could be looking to move on from him.
According to a report from Robert Murray of The Athletic, the Cubs could look to move Maldonado before the deadline, even though they just acquired him.
Would not be a shock to see Martin Maldonado on the move again before the deadline. Has only played in four games since being traded to the Cubs and Willson Contreras just returned from the Injured List.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 28, 2019
As Murray reported, Maldonado has only played in four games with the Cubs since being acquired. Victor Caratini has stepped up this season as a quality backup catcher behind Contreras. With Conteras back on the diamond, there simply won’t be much room for Maldonado on the roster.
In the four games that he has played with the Cubs, Maldonado has gone 0-for-11 at the plate. He has never been known for his bat. Chicago has two catchers who are great defensively with big-time bat potential ahead of him on the depth chart.
Unless Chicago decides to move Caratini in a bigger trade, it would not be surprising to see them move Maldonado.
Chicago also has been in the market for an upgrade in the outfield. They have been connected with names like Nicholas Castellanos and Jarrod Dyson. Eric Sogard was another name that was connected to the Cubs, but he ended up being moved to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Theo Epstein is looking to makes some roster moves and Maldonado is certainly a name to keep an eye on in the coming days.