June 22, 2021

Brewers lose Yasmani Grandal to White Sox in free agency (Brew Crew Ball)

Yasmani Grandal finally got his multi-year deal, and it won’t be with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Chicago White Sox are announcing they’ve signed Grandal to a 4-year, $73 million contract that will pay the All-Star catcher $18.25 million per year.

That’s the same total the Brewers ended up paying Grandal this year between his $16 million salary and the $2.25 million buyout Grandal collected when he turned down his half of the mutual option.

Based on that, it certainly seems like a deal the Brewers could have matched if they were so inclined. As a matter of pure speculation, a guaranteed fourth year may have been the difference maker.

Grandal earned the contract after being one of the best catchers in baseball in 2019, hitting a full-season career-best .246/.380/.468 with a career high 28 home runs, and posting the second-best fWAR among catchers (5.2), behind only Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto.

Grandal also produced a postseason memory for the Brewers that likely would have gone down in team history had the end result of the game been different, hitting a two-run home run off of Max Scherzer in the first inning of the NL Wildcard game, temporarily sucking the…

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