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.
There was some thought that Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would soon be activated from the injured list. Stanton has been out since the beginning of April due to biceps and shoulder injuries. It will be a little while longer.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that Stanton’s rehab has been halted due to tightness in his left calf. Stanton was scratched from Tuesday’s rehab game with High-A Tampa due to tightness around his left calf and knee, so this news didn’t pop up out of nowhere.
Stanton recorded a pair of singles and seven walks in 15 trips to the plate in the only three games he played this season, all against the Orioles. Durability has always been a concern for the 29-year-old, but he managed to play in 159 games for the Marlins in 2017 and 158 for the Yankees last year. He’s in the fifth year of a 13-year, $325 million contract originally signed with the Marlins.