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Brewers ink Martin Maldonado to two year deal

The young back up catcher avoids arbitration for the next two years.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As I wrote about earlier this week, the deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration figures is Friday. As anticipated the Brewers and Martin Maldonado have agreed to terms thereby avoiding the arbitration process. Perhaps somewhat unexpected, though certainly not unprecedented, the two sides have agreed to a two year contract.

This is Martin Maldonado's first arbitration year. Having attained Super 2 status, that means the Brewers still have a total of 4 years of team control over him. In turn, that means there are still two more years of arbitration after this 2 year deal is complete. By signing this contract the team essentially locks in Maldonado's price for the next two years. Cost certainty is definitely a nice thing to have, especially for a team that operates in baseball's smallest market.

At the start of the off season I had projected Maldonado to receive $750,000. According to Adam McCalvy, Maldonado will make $850,000 in 2015 and $1.1 million in 2016. Even though his 2015 is marginally more expensive than I had predicted, Maldonado's salary for 2016 is less than I would have expected. This strikes me as an excellent deal for the Brewers and a perfectly acceptable deal for Maldonado.

He has never been much of an offensive threat aside from the random home run. His defense is top notch though. As a back-up catcher he was never going to make tons of money, but I did think there was an outside chance he would start to make more money than was worth it to keep him on the roster. That is no longer a concern.

Here is an updated payroll projection with Maldonado's salary reflected:

SP-Yovani Gallardo: $13M RP-Jonathan Broxton: $9M C-Jonathan Lucroy: $3.4M BN-Martin Maldonado: $0.85M
SP- Matt Garza: $12.5M RP-Will Smith: $0.5M 1B-Adam Lind: $7.5 BN-Gerardo Parra: $6.5M
SP-Kyle Lohse: $11M RP-Jeremy Jeffress: $0.5M 2B-Scooter Gennett: $0.5M BN-Elian Herrera: $0.5M
SP-Wily Peralta: $0.5M RP-Brandon Kintzler: $1.1M 3B-Aramis Ramiez: $14M BN-Hector Gomez: $0.5M
SP-Mike Fiers: $0.5M RP-Jimmy Nelson: $0.5M SS-Jean Segura: $0.5M BN-Luis Jimenez: $0.5M
RP-Rob Wooten: $0.5M LF-Khris Davis: $0.5M
RP-Michael Blazek: $0.5M CF-Carlos Gomez: $8M
RF-Ryan Braun: $13M
Rotation Total: $37.5M Bullpen Total: $12.6M Lineup Total: $47M
Bench Total: $8.75M
Team Total: $106,447,500