Yasmani Grandal entered the offseason as the top free agent catcher for the second year in a row. This time, he got the deal he wanted.
Grandal and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a four-year, $73 million contract Wednesday. The 31-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers last year, enjoyed an All-Star campaign and helped lead them to a playoff berth.
The deal is the most expensive free agent acquisition in White Sox history.
Grandal was drafted in the first round by the Boston Red Sox but made his major league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2012. Three seasons later, he emerged as an All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he spent four years before heading to Milwaukee.
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A switch-hitter, Grandal has pop for a catcher, with at least 22 homers in each of the last four seasons. In 2018, he posted a career-best .848 OPS. Grandal also presents himself as an above-average defender. He threw out 27 of 73 would-be base stealers (27 percent) last season and is considered one of the league's best pitch-framers.
The White Sox have a crop of prospects who they hope will comprise a competitive core. The addition of Grandal adds a veteran presence at an important position – and suggests they'll spend to compete.
The #Whitesox plan to play Yasmani Grandal several days a week at catcher while also rotating him at first base and DH
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