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Maldonado nearing vesting option as deadline looms

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The Houston Astros have interest in multiple catchers at the trade deadline, according to various league sources.

Houston’s current starting catcher, Martin Maldonado has been one of the best defensive catchers in MLB over the past few season but offers little with the bat.

One league source told KPRC 2 that the Astros are unlikely to make big upgrades at both 1st base and catcher, partially due to the lack of prospect capital to swing trades for both Nationals 1B and Cubs C Willson Contreras.

However, Houston’s interest in catchers is likely limited to rentals like Contreras (if they go big) or Detroit Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart.

They are more likely to trade for a rental due to Maldonado’s vesting option. Maldonado’s contract has a vesting option at 90 games for 2022, which would pay him $5 million in 2023 if he hits that number. Maldonado played his 77th game on Sunday for 2022, and there’s been every indication the Astros are supportive of Maldonado’s contract vesting.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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