Martin Maldonado left Monday night’s game in the sixth inning without signs of injury. Following the game, news broke that it was due to a trade.
The Kansas City Royals confirmed late Monday they have traded the catcher to the Chicago Cubs.
The 23-year-old Maldonado was hitting .224 with six home runs in 73 games. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal in March following an injury to Salvador Perez. Maldonado figures to get major playing time with Willson Contreras immediately heading to the injured list with a foot strain.
The traded reunited the Royals with Mike Montgomery, a 29-year-old selected by the Royals 36th overall in the 2008 draft. He was traded to the Rays for James Shields and pitched eventually for the Cubs from 2016-18. He had a 5.67 ERA this year and is under club control until 2021, making $2.44 million this year.