Martin Maldonado has been in the Brewers organization since 2008, and made his first appearance at Miller Park in 2011 with the Beast Mode Brewers. Ryan Braun and manager Craig Counsell are the only men left from the 2011 team. Tuesday afternoon, the Brewers traded Maldonado and minor league RHP Drew Gagnon to the LA Angels for C Jett Bandy.
Always being the back up for Jonathan Lucroy, Maldonado got his shot at starting when Lucroy got traded late last season. In 2016, the 30 year old catcher, Maldonado batted a .202 with 8 HR and 21 RBI in 76 games played. Those are not pretty numbers, but his strong suit is his defense with his throws on target as in 2016 he threw out 20 guys in attempt to steal. On the other side of the package deal, the Angels acquire 26 year old RHP Drew Gagnon, who in 2016 pitched for Triple A Sky-Sox and Double A Biloxi Shuckers with a combined stat line of 3-1 with a 4.48 ERA in 36 games pitched, and 5 starts.
The 26 year old catcher played in 70 games with the LA Angles last season, and batted a .234 with 8 HR and 25 RBI in his rookie season. Jett Bandy is the return that the Brewers got with trading Maldonado and Gagnon. In his rookie season, Bandy threw out 17 runners in attempt to steal, which was the 4th in the AL and 1st among the rookies.
The Brewers now have Jett Bandy, Many Piña, and Andrew Susac behind the dish. With this young Brewers team, it is always nice to get fresh new faces and talent.