The Chicago White Sox appear to be taking their first steps toward solidifying the catcher position in 2024 as Yasmani Grandal has hit the free agency market.
According to a report from Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the White Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran Martín Maldonado.
Maldonado, 37, is coming off a handful of brutal offensive campaigns with the Houston Astros that were offset by his efficiency and rapport with the pitching staff.
Despite an OPS+ of 58, 70, and 66 over the past three seasons respectively, Maldonado has earned 2.8 defensive WAR over that span, developing a deep relationship with the Astros’ pitching staff.
Although Maldonado has been one of the league’s lightest players in recent years, he has been the Astros’ primary catcher in each of the last four seasons, a role that could continue on the South Side as the White Sox n have no clear heir. in Grandal.
With young receivers Korey Lee and Carlos Pérez also in the system, Maldonado’s presence could serve a valuable purpose off the field for the depth at the position within the organization.
On the South Side, the White Sox are hoping Maldonado will bring some of his advanced game expertise to a pitching staff that was among the worst in the league last season.
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