Martín Maldonado agrees with White Sox


Martín Maldonado agrees with White Sox

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Scott Merkin
Brent Maguire

CHICAGO – Martín Maldonado and the White Sox have agreed to a one-year contract plus an option, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday. The club has not yet confirmed the move.

The deal is worth $4 million, with a $4 million vesting option through 2025, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

The 37-year-old Maldonado spent the past six seasons with the Astros after Houston acquired him from the Angels in a midseason trade in 2018. The veteran backstop owns a career .207/.282/.349 with a 72 OPS+ over 13 MLB seasons with the Astros, Angels, Brewers, Cubs and Royals.

Long known for his stellar defense and ability to handle a staff, Maldonado became the Astros’ best catcher over the past half-decade. Despite a .623 OPS in an Astros uniform — that number dropped to .593 over the past three seasons — Maldonado was used as Houston’s primary catcher because of his defense and success working with Astros pitchers. 2023 breakout rookie Yainer Diaz and veteran catcher Victor Caratini – whom the Astros signed to multi-year contracts this offseason – will handle catching duties for Houston in 2024.

Maldonado also worked with manager Pedro Grifol in Kansas City during the 2019 campaign, when Grifol was part of the Royals’ coaching staff. He played with Korey Lee in Houston, acquiring Lee at the ’23 Trade Deadline in exchange for reliever Kendall Graveman as one of the team’s potential catchers of the future.

“I had to be around Martín Maldonado, I had to learn from him,” Lee said last September. “I got to see how he managed a pitching staff at that time. I learned how he communicated with pitchers and it taught me a lot.

“I’m going to carry that into my career and do it my way, but he taught me how to be a professional catcher there in Houston. They knew how to win and I want to bring that to the White Sox.”

This addition makes sense for the White Sox with a young pitching staff that now has another backstop to pair with Max Stassi, who acquired the team from the Braves earlier this month, and Lee. With potential turnover coming for a White Sox team led by new general manager Chris Getz – who may be tasked with moving frontline starter Dylan Cease – there is value in signing a veteran catcher who has been a part of many winning Astros teams.

Lee, 25, impressed the White Sox with his work behind the plate in September, but for his young big league career, Lee is hitting .100 at the plate. Edgar Quero, the team’s 20-year-old switch-hitting catcher, ranked No. 81 overall by MLB Pipeline, will benefit from working with Maldonado.

The White Sox had strong interest in Maldonado before acquiring Stassi, but that interest clearly persisted for a catcher with 202 plate appearances and 65 games of playoff experience. Maldonado (8,663 2/3 innings) joins Salvador Perez (10,063 2/3), JT Realmuto (8,923 1/3), Yasmani Grandal (8,404 2/3) and Yan Gomes (8,242 2/3) as the only active backstops with over 8,000 innings caught.

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