Martin Maldonado, Catcher
Yes, former LA Angels catcher Martin Maldonado could be one of their best signings this offseason. Every Angels fan knows what Maldonado can do. He will play great defense, despite his numbers slipping slightly in 2018. Throwing out baserunners is his best asset, as he threw out a league-best 49% of attempted base stealers last year. For comparisons sake, the league average is 28%.
Many Halo fans were upset when Maldonado was traded to the Astros at the deadline. However, no one would complain if the Angels would be able to bring him back on a short term deal. His value likely fell in the postseason, where his defense was shaky against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
Maldonado also does not bring a ton to offer on offense. For Mike Scioscia‘s old regime, that did not matter as he preferred a solid defensive catcher rather than a more offensive-minded one. With Brad Ausmus taking over, a change in philosophy may be in the works, especially considering reports that the team is looking to sign Wilson Ramos (.309 hitter last year).
However, if the Angels do keep that defensive approach, then Maldonado would obviously be a great signing. It would leave money on the table to chase more pitchers, unlike a Ramos deal which would likely be the Angels’ biggest signing if they do bring him in.