Yasmani Grandal, Future White Sox Catcher?
The White Sox would be adding an elite defensive catcher and a dynamic bat in Yasmani Grandal.
Per Daryl Van Schouwen, the White Sox may target stud catcher and pitch-framer, Yasmani Grandal:
He declined his option from the Brewers for $16 million. I would anticipate him seeing about $18-20 million on an AAV basis this offseason. The Sox need catching depth. Yes, James McCann had a GREAT 2019 campaign for what was expected. He was worth 2.3 fWAR and had a slash line of .273/.328/.460. That’s about the best you could expect from him. However, his BABIP was .359, which means he often got lucky. I would expect some regression in 2020, so he projects to be a slightly above-average catcher.
Even though people should take framing metrics with a grain of salt, his Runs Extra Strikes (strikes pulled in converted to runs saved) was dead last at -16 last season, according to Statcast. Grandal was tied for second in the league with 13. He was third in 2018 and fourth in 2017. Needless to say, Grandal is a good defensive catcher.
Not only that, but Grandal was a 5.2 fWAR player in 2019 for the Brewers with a slash line of .246/.380/.468 and a BABIP of .279, so he didn’t get as lucky as McCann. He also switch-hits, so he gives you an extra lefty bat in the lineup. He would be an excellent complement to McCann.
I haven’t seen a Sox beat writer plug something like this yet. It’s an interesting move and every Sox fan should love it. Yes, we’ve been kicked down a lot in the past, but we need to maintain hope. Without hope, what else do we have? It’s Hot Stove Season!
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