White Sox Sign All-Star Yasmani Grandal

Grandal agreed to terms on a four-year, $73-million contract.

670 The Score Staff
November 21, 2019 - 12:06 pm

(670 The Score) The White Sox and All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal on Thursday agreed to terms on a four-year, $73-million deal, the richest deal extended in franchise history.

In doing so, they made the first major move of free agency this offseason and landed a key piece for a team now better positioned to contend in 2020.

"They're set to win for not just one year, but they're set to make a run for a long time," Grandal said on the McNeil & Parkins Show. "I wanted to be a part of that."

Grandal, 31, had a slash line of .246/.380/.468 with a career-high 28 home runs and 77 RBIs over 153 games with the Brewers last season. He was named to the National League All-Star team for the second time in his career.

"Yasmani ranks among the very elite catchers in Major League Baseball today, and we are extremely happy to add a durable and talented player of his caliber to our lineup," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "His selectivity at the plate is a real plus offensively, and as a switch hitter, his combination of power and on-base percentage stand out. Yasmani’s defensive abilities, pitch framing and other advanced catching metrics also separate him from others in the game.

"In addition to what he brings to the field, Yasmani is also a great benefit in the clubhouse. We foresee him playing an integral role on both the further development of our young pitchers and the continued improvement of our offense as we reach our championship goals."

Prior to the Grandal agreement, the richest contract the White Sox had paid was a six-year, $68-million contract to first baseman Jose Abreu. The switch-hitting catcher Grandal has played eight MLB seasons. 

The White Sox went 72-89 in 2019 but made strides as an organization with the growth of young players like right-hander Lucas Giolito, shortstop Tim Anderson, third baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder Eloy Jimenez. They also feature a core of prospects that includes outfielder Luis Robert and infielder Nick Madrigal.

It was all appealing to Grandal as he picked the White Sox early in the offseason.

"They got a good young core, guys that have a lot of talent," Grandal said.

"The more I looked into them, the more excited I got about them. That's why the White Sox."