Shock is an understatement.
But the White Sox seized the offseason by the horns with a sweeping, stunning, four-year, $73 million contract with free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal on Thursday.
Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Grandal has full no-trade protection in 2020 and limited no-trade protection from 2021-23.
In a Thursday conference call, Grandal was clearly excited: “My family and I are very excited and honored to be a part of the Chicago White Sox organization. I loved their professionalism, preparation and vision towards the future. I want to thank them for allowing me to be a part of this process moving forward.”
In addition to noting that he and Grandal had already been texting back and forth about various White Sox players and available free agents, Hahn was ebullient in an afternoon press conference: “Yasmani ranks among the very elite catchers in major league baseball today, and we are extremely happy to add a durable and talented player of his caliber to our lineup.”
Daniel Palka was designated for assignment to make room for Grandal on the roster, and that most assuredly means he will be claimed on waivers. In the words of South Side Hit Pen writer…