C - Chicago White Sox
Martin Maldonado agrees to a free-agent deal with the White Sox.
Maldonado's new contract with the White Sox will pay him $4 million for 2024 and includes a 2025 team option for the same amount. Maldonado, now 37, brings valuable veteran experience to the rebuilding White Sox and a little bit of pop. He has hit 12 or more homers each of the last three seasons for the Astros, but he also hit below .200 in all of them.
Martin Maldonado is reportedly drawing interest from the Red Sox, Padres, Marlins and White Sox.
With the Astros having signed Vïctor Caratini, Maldonado will likely be looking to sign with a new team in free agency. He hit .191 with 15 home runs splitting time behind the plate with Yainer Diaz behind the plate in Houston last season.
Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is back in the starting lineup Monday versus the Mariners.
The veteran backstop sat out of Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Royals but will return and hit ninth while catching Justin Verlander on Monday. The glove-first Maldonado has hit just .189 with 14 homers across 388 plate appearances on the season.
Despite his lackluster season stats, Maldonado's power surge in this game could provide a glimmer of hope for fantasy owners in need of a boost in the home run and RBI categories.
However, his low batting average and high strikeout rate remain concerns, limiting his overall fantasy value.
Martin Maldonado's performance in Sunday's game was a bright spot for the veteran catcher, as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.
This strong showing should provide a small boost to his fantasy value, but his overall season numbers still leave much to be desired, with a low batting average and high strikeout rate. Fantasy managers should temper their expectations for Maldonado moving forward.