Yasmani Grandal, the top FA Catcher on the market, is headed to the White Sox on a 4 year $73M deal. Good deal for the White Sox, good deal for Grandal. This also means now the rest of the Catcher market is wide open. The top end is set, and now those who were in or at least kicking the tires of Grandal have to shift their focus to the next in line.
The Rays are one of those teams. They have some money they can spend, but years AND money are going to be hard to part with, with the Rays cautious FO. Especially so with the young core all looking to hopefully make some bank in Arb in the coming years). So which shorter term options and upgrades are the Rays going to target and compete for? Our own, Dominick Vega has you covered there with a primer on “Which catchers might the Rays target on the free agent market?”.
- For more on the 40-man decisions from the Rays, check out Neil Solondz interview with Marc Topkin and Rays VP of Baseball Ops James Click.