Cubs reportedly shopping Martin Maldonaldo


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Kim Klement - USA Today Sports
Kim Klement - USA Today Sports

Cubs management is reportedly working on the phones hard before the trade deadline.

According to The Athletic's Patrick Murray, the Cubs are shopping veteran backup catcher Martin Maldonaldo. Maldonaldo "has been marketed in trade discussions" to other teams needing a catcher during the stretch run. One of the clubs interested in Maldonaldo's services is the Houston Astros according to the website.

Maldonaldo was traded for swingman Mike Montgomery with the Royals when Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was down on the injured list. Maldonaldo hasn't played much with the Cubs getting in only four games so far and hitless (0-11) in 13 at-bats.

The Cubs don't need necessarily need to be carrying three catchers because of the versatile Victor Caratini who can back up at catcher and at first base. The team probably has other issues that a roster spot would probably better be suited for like the bullpen or a veteran bat.

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