Brewers get Bandy, deal Maldonado to Angels in catcher swap
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Jett Bandy from the Angels, with Martin Maldonado headed back to Los Angeles in an exchange of defensive-minded catchers.
The Brewers also sent minor league pitcher Drew Gagnon to Los Angeles in the deal announced on Tuesday.
Bandy hit .234 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 70 games for Los Angeles after being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on May 20. The 26-year-old Bandy threw out 17 base runners trying to steal, which ranked fourth in the American League and first among major league rookies (37 percent).
Maldonado returns to the organization that drafted him in the 27th round in 2004. He hit .202 last season with eight homers and 21 RBIs.
In 69 games behind the plate, Maldonado threw out about 35 percent of base-stealers, which was sixth in the majors.
The 30-year-old Maldonado made his debut with the Brewers in 2011, serving most of that time as the backup to Jonathan Lucroy until Lucroy was dealt by the rebuilding Brewers last summer to Texas.
Maldonado was eligible for arbitration this offseason.