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White Sox sign catcher Yasmani Grandal to the biggest contract in franchise history

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox made a big addition to their lineup Thursday, signing All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million contract.

The switch hitter will receive $18.25 million per year from 2020-23.

The deal is the biggest contract in White Sox history. The previous largest was Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million deal in 2013.

"My family and I are very excited and honored to be a part of the Chicago White Sox organization," Grandal said in a statement. "I loved their professionalism, preparation and vision towards the future. I want to thank them for allowing me to be a part of this process moving forward."

Grandal, 31, had a .246/.380/.468 slash line with 28 home runs, 77 RBIs, 79 runs and 109 walks in 153 games with the Brewers in 2019.

He has been an All-Star twice, in 2015 (with the Dodgers) and 2019.

Grandal is a career .241 hitter with 136 doubles, 141 home runs, 416 RBIs and 374 runs in 879 games in eight major-league seasons with the Padres (2012-14), Dodgers (2015-18) and Brewers (2019).

 

"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," 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."

To make room for Grandal on the 40-man roster, the Sox designated outfielder Daniel Palka for assignment.

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