In signing Yasmani Grandal, Chicago officially closed its rebuilding window and showed that is going to try to chase down Minnesota and Cleveland in 2020.
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As a wave of young talent arrives in Chicago, the White Sox opened up their wallet to improve a position of need.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
The White Sox made an early Hot Stove splash this morning by announcing a four-year, $73 million contract with free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal. And, yes, they actually announced the terms in the press release, which is unusual and very much appreciated. It's a terrific pickup for a team on the verge of turning the corner. Grandal is a switch-hitter who frames well behind the dish, one of the few all-around catchers in the game right now.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal, who posted career highs in homers (28) and RBIs (77) for the Brewers last season while earning his second All-Star selection, has reached a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox.
Jeff Passan ESPN
Yasmani Grandal is headed to the Chicago White Sox on a four-year, $73 million deal. That's the biggest contract in the history of the franchise.
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William Weinbaum ESPN
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