Angels could sign Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher in recruitment effort?
The Los Angeles Angels may be thinking a few moves ahead as they pursue Gerrit Cole in free agency this offseason.
After the team non-tendered catcher Kevan Smith on Monday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register said that ex-Angels catcher Martin Maldonado could be an attractive target to reunite with. Maldonado spent part of the last two seasons with the Houston Astros and served as Cole’s personal catcher.
The 33-year-old Maldonado is a free agent this winter and played with the Angels for two seasons from 2017 to 2018. He hit .213 with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs last season.
The Angels obviously have interest in the Southern California native Cole, to the point that they might be willing to break the bank for him. Signing his personal catcher to boot would definitely make them an even more attractive landing spot.