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BREAKING: White Sox Sign Yasmani Grandal

The hot stove has officially ramped up on the South Side of Chicago. This morning, the White Sox signed free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.
Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The hot stove has officially ramped up on the South Side of Chicago. This morning, the White Sox signed free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal, which is now the largest deal in club history.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the club also announced that Daniel Palka has been designated for assignment.

The White Sox have been tied to rumors surrounding Grandal ever since the offseason began. However, none of those rumblings indicated that a deal was close, so this definitely comes as a pleasant surprise. The 31-year-old switch-hitting catcher spent last year with the Milwaukee Brewers, a season in which he was a National League All-Star. Here is a look at his career output:

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YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDPHBPSHSFIBBPosAwards

2012

23

SDP

NL

60

226

192

28

57

7

1

8

36

0

0

31

39

.297

.394

.469

.863

143

90

8

1

0

2

1

2

2013

24

SDP

NL

28

108

88

13

19

8

0

1

9

0

0

18

18

.216

.352

.341

.693

102

30

1

1

0

1

2

2/3

2014

25

SDP

NL

128

443

377

47

85

19

1

15

49

3

0

58

115

.225

.327

.401

.728

111

151

7

2

0

6

1

23/D

2015

26

LAD

NL

115

426

355

43

83

12

0

16

47

0

1

65

92

.234

.353

.403

.756

112

143

16

2

1

3

1

2/3

AS

2016

27

LAD

NL

126

457

390

49

89

14

1

27

72

1

3

64

116

.228

.339

.477

.816

118

186

11

2

0

1

1

*2/3

MVP-22

2017

28

LAD

NL

129

482

438

50

108

27

0

22

58

0

1

40

130

.247

.308

.459

.767

101

201

10

0

1

3

0

*2

2018

29

LAD

NL

140

518

440

65

106

23

2

24

68

2

1

72

124

.241

.349

.466

.815

121

205

12

3

0

3

1

*2/3

2019

30

MIL

NL

153

632

513

79

126

26

2

28

77

5

1

109

139

.246

.380

.468

.848

119

240

16

5

0

5

2

*23/D

AS,MVP-15

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2019.

With so many questions surrounding catching prospects Zack Collins and Seby Zavala, Grandal shores up a massive need on multiple levels. The White Sox have been vocal about their desire to acquire left-handed bats. Well, Grandal hits from both sides of the plate. James McCann had an All-Star season as well last year, but he is surely due for a bit of regression. Having him as a backup option behind Grandal instead of the number one guy is a promising sign for South Siders.

There is still plenty of work to do at 35th and Shields, but signing Grandal early in the offseason is an excellent first step in the right direction.

Featured Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images