June 22, 2021

MLB Offseason News: White Sox sign Yasmani Grandal (Over the Monster)

White Sox sign Yasmani Grandal

This year’s free agent class is already starting to move more quickly than the last couple of years. Granted, that’s not really saying much since the last couple of years have been molasses but it’s still nice. Last week the Braves made a splash by signing the top reliever on the market, and now the top catcher is off the market. In a somewhat surprising move, the White Sox are the team who made the plunge, signing Yasmani Grandal to a four-year deal worth $73 million. Somewhat pathetically, this is actually the largest contract the White Sox have ever handed out.

Grandal is, of course, a great player and probably the second best catcher in baseball right now. Long one of the best pitch framers in baseball, he should make an immediate impact there as he’ll replace James McCann, who graded out as one of the worst in that regard. In addition to the defense, Grandal is an above-average hitter, which is rare for catchers today. he draws a ton of walks and has some real pop at the plate, all helping him to be at least a four-win player (by FanGraphs WAR) in each of the last five seasons. He will obviously catch most of the time for the…

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