Yasmani Grandal signs four-year, $73 million contract with White Sox
Yasmani Grandal gambled on himself by signing a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers as a free agent last winter, and the veteran catcher is now cashing in.
The Chicago White Sox announced on Thursday that they have agreed to a four-year, $73 million deal with Grandal. Team president Ken Williams said the signing should help prove the White Sox are trying to win in 2020 and beyond.
Ken Williams on what signing Yasmani Grandal means for 2020 — and beyond: “It’s clearly we’re trying to put ourselves in a window that could very well start next year but extend to the next five to seven years.”
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 21, 2019
Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the New York Mets last offseason. He had multi-year offers from other teams as well, but the 31-year-old said he felt he would be doing other catchers a disservice if he accepted a deal that had a lower average annual value than what he believed he was worth. Grandal instead signed a one-year, $18.25 million contract with the Brewers.
Playing in a whopping 153 games, Grandal posted career highs in several categories including hits (126), home runs (28), RBI (77) and walks (109). He was named an All-Star for the second time in his career.