The Milwaukee Brewers are not going to be able to replace Yasmani Grandal.
The top catcher in baseball was tremendously valuable on both sides of the ball last season, bashing 28 home runs and posting a 121 wRC+ on his way to his fifth straight season of 4+ fWAR. But he signed a long-term deal with the White Sox, and none of the other free agent backstops bring to the table the skillset that Grandal does.
So, the Brewers will likely have to settle for finding someone to split time with Manny Pina behind the plate in 2020. The next-best available catcher on the market was generally considered to be Travis d’Arnaud, but he landed with the Braves on a two-year deal over the weekend. However his right-handed bat might not have been as strong a fit in Milwaukee as another player who dons the tools of ignorance and is still waiting on the open market.
Jason Castro is someone that Brewers President David Stearns ought to be quite familiar with, as the two spent several years working together with the Houston Astros. Castro’s time in Houston actually predates Stearns, as he was that franchise’s first round pick (#10 overall) back in 2008. He rose quickly through the minors,…