Martin Maldonado is heading back to Houston in exchange for Tony Kemp, who is now a Chicago Cub according to sources.
Catcher Martín Maldonado has been traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Houston Astros, league sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
Martin Maldonado only played in four games with the Cubs. In his 13 plate appearances he didn’t record a hit. However, he’ll head back to the team he played part of 2018 with. In his 41 games with the Astros, he slashed .231/.257/.398 which is one of the best lines of his career. Robinson Chirinos will likely remain the teams starting catcher. Max Stassi has backed up Chirinos, but is batting just .167 through 90 games. Maldanado will help give this team some depth behind the plate, especially in October.
The Cubs received utility fielder Tony Kemp. Kemp was designated for assignment about a week ago, and will likely be back up in the bigs with the Cubs. The 27-year-old can also find himself coming into games late as a fielder should the Cubs make the playoffs. He can also play multiple positions, giving him more opportunities for some playing time.
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