Royals reportedly sign Martin Maldonado to one-year deal
The Kansas City Royals have their catcher for the 2019 season.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Royals have agreed to terms with catcher Martin Maldonado on a one-year, $2.5 million deal, where he will serve as the starting catcher as Salvador Perez recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Free-agent catcher Martin Maldonado in agreement with #Royals on one-year, $2.5M contract, sources tell The Athletic. Deal, which is pending a physical, also includes $1.4M in incentives. Can re-enter market next offseason.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 9, 2019
Maldonado only hit .225 last season, but is regarded as a quality defensive catcher who can handle a pitching staff. He will almost certainly be disappointed with how his offseason has gone in light of what he reportedly turned down at the start of it.