Brewers, Martin Maldonado avoid arbitration with two-year deal

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The Brewers and catcher Martin Maldonado have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract.

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth $1.95 million. Maldonado will receive a $50,000 signing bonus along with an $800,000 salary this year and $1.1 million in 2016. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, so he’ll still be under team control for two more years after this deal expires.

Maldonado, 28, batted .234/.320/.387 with four home runs and 16 RBI over 52 games last season while serving as Jonathan Lucroy’s backup. He’ll serve in the same capacity again this season.