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Martin Maldonado traded from Cubs to Astros

Martin Maldonado

Just months after he left the Astros to sign elsewhere in free agency, catcher Martin Maldonado is returning to Houston.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros have acquired Maldonado in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan added that utility man Tony Kemp is the player headed to Chicago.

Maldonado signed with the Kansas City Royals in free agency over the winter and then was traded to the Cubs earlier this month. He is batting just .217 this season, but he’s a former Gold Glove Award winner. The Astros’ current catcher duo of Robinson Chirinos and Max Stassi is not great defensively, so Houston should get an upgrade there.


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