With very little options in the free agent market behind the plate that can help in the lineup, Maldonado might be a great option if they are looking for a defensive replacement for Posey.
While Posey’s bat is one of the reasons for the suggested move to first, his defense is one of the main reasons the Giants are hesitant to move him.
If they do, signing Maldonado would be a fitting replacement, because his defense is above average and will help the Giants pitching staff similarly to the way Posey has all these years.
Maldonado slashed .231/.257/.398 for an OPS of .655 with the Houston Astros after his mid-season trade from the Los Angeles Angels.
With a career OPS of .639 over eight seasons, Maldonado just won’t be an offensive weapon.
He will, however, be great behind the plate and if Nick Hundley does indeed come back as a backup, Maldonado would be a nice fit for his defense.
Maldonado made $3.9 million last season and a similar offer in free agency would make sense.
If the Giants felt like they needed a defensive catcher, there would be no reason not to offer Maldonado a contract for two or three seasons at $4 million a year. While his bat has never been strong, his defense shouldn’t age poorly over the next few seasons.
That stability could help going forward for a pitching staff that had a strong year and needs a battery mate they can count on.