September 17, 2021

Roundtable reaction: The White Sox sign Yasmani Grandal to a four-year deal (The Athletic)

After several winters of glacially slow free-agent movement, early indications are that the 2019-2020 offseason may be a bit faster-paced. The Chicago White Sox signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million contract that will run through the 2023 season. It’s a major move for a club that is still very much in the midst of a rebuild, and set a new White Sox record for a free-agent contract. Grandal, 31, is a two-time All-Star. Last season, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers on a one-year deal, he hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 home runs and an OPS+ of 119. He entered this winter as the best catcher available on the market, and was 10th overall on Jim Bowden’s top free agent list earlier this month.

The Athletic MLB’s writers offer some of their initial thoughts on the deal.

Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic MLB

The Grandal signing is perhaps the best indication yet that the free-agent market, at least for elite players, will be robust.

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