The Houston Astros were one of the biggest players on the MLB's trade market last year, making a move for All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander ahead of their World Series run. That move clearly paid off in a huge way.
Houston, a World Series favorite again, has made another move. This one isn't quite as big, but it's a sizable one for their depth.
The Astros, in need of a catching upgrade, have reportedly completed a trade for Angels catcher Martin Maldonado.
Maldonado, 31, is one of the best defensive catchers in the game. He struggles at the plate, hitting .223 on the season, but Houston is not adding him for his bat. His defense is superb and he should be a major addition to that pitching staff's success.
Jeff Fletcher first reported the news.
"The Angels are trading C Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros. Return TBA. More to come on this story," he reports.
Ken Rosenthal had outlined how Houston might be in need of a catching upgrade, especially defensively.
The MLB's trade deadline is next week. More moves are coming.