In a move that nobody saw coming – seriously, the Chicago White Sox broke the news themselves on Twitter – Grandal, easily the top free agent catcher on the market, inked a 4-year, $73 million contract with the pale hose early Thursday, apparently.
Grandal, of course, was a former 1st round pick of the Reds before being dealt to San Diego in the Mat Latos deal of yesteryear, and has since blossomed into a true two-way threat behind the plate. He can sock dingers from both sides of the plate, is a master of the strike zone with the bat in his hand, and also consistenly grades out as one of the elite pitch-framers in the game. In other words, he’d be the perfect fit for a Reds offseason which needed to augment its offense while not harming its defense.
So much for that idea. And yes, it was an idea, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan relayed:
The catching market is moving and moving fast. The Cincinnati Reds were in on Yasmani Grandal as well. He was clearly the best of the group — and ultimately did well to turn down the Mets’ four-year offer last year, get $18.25M from Milwaukee and now get $73M from…