It is by no means a shock that Milwaukee decided to keep catcher Martin Maldonado over Kottaras but I am surprised they did not try and trade him before the deadline. There are several teams who could use a solid backup catcher down the stretch as well as a big bat off the bench in pinch-hit situations.
For all we know general manager Doug Melvin tried to see if he could get something for Kottaras and there was simply no one willing to go after him. This could be the case considering Kottaras has been in a batting slump in which his average has dropped to .209, not to mention, he has not hit a home run since April.
Maldonado is an outstanding defensive catcher, but has surprised everyone in the Brewers organization with his great at-bats. He was not supposed to have an offensive side to him as he never really showed much potential in the minors but apparently, all he needed was to see some major league pitching. Maldonado will still get plenty of playing time behind the plate, as it will take Lucroy time to readjust. Catchers must get their legs in baseball shape and Lucroy will be nowhere near ready to play every day.
I still expect the Brewers to try and trade Kottaras considering they do not need a third major league catcher. Milwaukee has 10 days after designating Kottaras for assignment to trade him or have him accept a minor league role. If they cannot trade him and he does not want to accept the assignment then the Brewers will have to straight out release him.
Hopefully, Randy Wolf and Lucroy do not struggle together as they have in the past. Wolf always had a hard time with other catchers besides Kottaras, who became his personal catcher early last season. If anything, Maldonado may have more luck with Wolf than Lucroy did which could be good because then he will still get every fifth day off.