Royals Sign Catcher Martín Maldonado To A One-Year Deal


The Kansas City Royals announced today that they’ve agreed to terms with catcher Martín Maldonado on a one-year Major League contract for the 2019 season. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding roster move, catcher Salvador Perez has been placed on the 60-day Injured List (recovery from UCL reconstruction).

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Maldonado, 32, split last season between the Los Angeles Angels and Houston, being acquired by the Astros on July 26. His 111 starts behind the plate between his two stops ranked third in the AL, behind Jonathan Lucroy (119) and James McCann (112). Overall, the right-handed hitter batted .225/.276/.351 (84-for-373) with 18 doubles, a triple, nine homers and 44 RBI. Defensively, Maldonado ranked second among Major League catchers in caught stealing percentage (45.5%, 15-for-33), trailing only Perez (47.1%). He started six of Houston’s eight postseason contests last season, which included hitting his first postseason home run in Game 1 of the American League Division Series – a solo shot off Cleveland’s Cody Allen.

Maldonado was the AL Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner at catcher in 2017. He’s the only AL backstop to win the award other than Perez since 2013. He’s entering his ninth big league season, after making his debut in 2011 with Milwaukee. Since the start of 2012, his 37.7 caught stealing percentage is tops among MLB catchers (min. 400 games). He set career highs in 2017 with the Angels in games (138), hits (95), doubles (19) and homers (14).

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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