June 22, 2021

Don’t buy into the narrative that the Brewers “could not afford” to re-sign Yasmani Grandal (Brew Crew Ball)


Yasmani Grandal signed with the Chicago White Sox yesterday, and good for him. After getting saddled with the Qualifying Offer when he became a free agent following the 2018 season, he spurned a multiyear offer from the Mets that he didn’t believe paid him what he was worth. He settled for a one-year pact with an $18.25 mil guarantee with Milwaukee to set a new precedent for backstops in terms of AAV, then posted his fifth consecutive season of at least 4 fWAR while helping lead the Cream City Nine to the Wild Card Game. That was enough to convince the Chicago’s south side squad to guarantee Grandal $18.25 mil per year for the next four seasons, coming to a grand total of $73 mil.

There are, of course, myriad possibilities as to why Grandal chose to leave town rather than re-up with Milwaukee. But one narrative that is being pushed — and one that you should not buy into — is that the Brewers “couldn’t afford” to re-sign the best backstop in the game to the same contract that he received from Chicago.

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