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Reviewing the Brew

Brewers Acquire Omar Narvaez From Mariners In Trade

The Milwaukee Brewers have found their next starting catcher and it comes from an early morning trade a few days before the Winter Meetings. After Yasmani Grandal signed with the Chicago White Sox, it became obvious to all of us that the Milwaukee Brewers were going to need a new catcher before next season began. […] Brewers Acquire Omar Narvaez From Mariners In Trade - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Red Reporter

Red Reposter - Madison Bumgarner on Reds radar

Photo by Daniel Shirey/ Thursday links! It’s not always a guarantee that a high-profile swing and miss on the transaction market will immediately prompt seeking the next best thing. Earlier this winter, the Cincinnati Reds chased catcher Yasmani Grandal in free agency before he ultimately signed with the Chicago White Sox for some $73 million guaranteed, but the Reds didn’t - or haven’t yet, at least - simply start calling every other catcher on the market to make sure they found someone new. Yesterday, we watched as pitcher Zack Wheeler came to an agreement with the Philadelphia...

SNY TV

Free agent Zack Wheeler leaves Mets to join Phillies

Before reaching an agreement with the Phillies, Wheeler had been connected to the White Sox, Twins, Yankees, Reds, Padres, and Angels.

Cincinnati.com

Report: Top three Zack Wheeler bidders are Reds, Phillies, White Sox; $100M+ deal expected

Ken Rosenthal reported the Reds' interest in free-agent starter Zack Wheeler last month.        

Jays Journal

Blue Jays reportedly pursuing Zack Wheeler but to what extent?

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Toronto Blue Jays are one of a handful of teams pursuing free agent hurler Zack Wheeler. In a recent article on The Athletic, Rosenthal adds that the Blue Jays along with the White Sox, Rangers, Reds, and Twins are all in pursuit of Zack Wheeler. The former […] Blue Jays reportedly pursuing Zack Wheeler but to what extent? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets gives thanks

Evan White | Photo by Christian Petersen/ Hot Stove rumors and other links to digest before your holiday meal I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. Instead of watching football, re-watch the 2016 World Series. The non-tender deadline is this Monday and here is one player for each team that may not be offered a new contract by then. Now that Yasmani Grandal has signed with the White Sox, Jon Paul Morosi predicts which top free agent will sign next. Michael Shapiro ranks the top five possible destinations for free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon. Dayn Perry writes that...

Red Reporter

Podcast: Where the Cincinnati Reds turn in a post Yasmani Grandal world

Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Voices...in your ears... If you’ve followed Red Reporter dot com for six minutes, six days, six months, or six years, you’ve heard at least a half-dozen times that we think Yasmani Grandal would make a perfect fit on the Cincinnati Reds going forward. Well, we still think that, but given that he signed with the Chicago White Sox last week and is no longer a free agent, it’s going to be a bit more difficult to see that plan come to fruition, unfortunately. That development prompted the latest edition of the RR Podcast, where...

Red Reporter

Cincinnati Reds 2019 Positional Recap - Catcher

Photo by Bryan Woolston/ Yasmani Grandal’s not walking (back) through that door. So, some things happened on the catcher free agency front that directly impacted the Reds last week. After weeks of speculation that the team would try very hard to bring back former draftee Yasmani Grandal, well, they did try, but ultimately they failed. Grandal signed a four year pact with the Chicago White Sox. One year removed from trying to trade for the other best catcher in baseball, the Reds weren’t willing to pony up the needed capital to ink Grandal and, barring a different, smaller impact...

South Side Sox

40-man follies

Torch is passed: If Yolmer [left] is claimed on waivers, Eloy Jiménez [middle] likely ascends to head prankster on the White Sox. | Photo by Ron Schwane/ Yolmer is DFA’d, presumably gone; Palkmania lives to see another day in Charlotte In a move that many believe indicates a looming free agent — and ace Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets is the player the world and his wife is pegging for the White Sox — Chicago put Gold Glove second baseman Yolmer Sánchez on irrevocable waivers on Monday. The move clears a space on the 40-man roster ... soon. The waiver period is two days, so a...

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers free agent targets: Jason Castro

Photo by Duane Burleson/ He’s a left-handed hitter who could platoon with Manny Pina. The Milwaukee Brewers are not going to be able to replace Yasmani Grandal. The top catcher in baseball was tremendously valuable on both sides of the ball last season, bashing 28 home runs and posting a 121 wRC+ on his way to his fifth straight season of 4+ fWAR. But he signed a long-term deal with the White Sox, and none of the other free agent backstops bring to the table the skillset that Grandal does. So, the Brewers will likely have to settle for finding someone to split time with Manny Pina...

Red Reporter

On Scooter Gennett and the future of 2B in Cincinnati

Photo by Kirk Irwin/ What a difference a year makes. It’s becoming hard to calculate precisely the number of ways in which Yasmani Grandal has altered the path of the Cincinnati Reds in calendar year 2019. Grandal was the clear-cut top catcher on the free agent market after the end of the season, and despite reported heavy interest in him from the Reds, he inked a 4-year, $73 million contract with the Chicago White Sox just last week, forcing the newly cash-rich Reds to send their sights elsewhere. That, of course, came on the heels of the former Reds draftee bashing to the tune of a...

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 23rd, 2019

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here Astros News Fangraphs takes a look at what punishment the Astros might deserve (Fangraphs) Five Thirty Eight takes a look at how much the cheating helped if it did occur (Five Thirty Eight) A Proposed trade between the Astros and Cubs for Wilson Contreras (12 up) Around the League Abreu re-ups with White Sox(NBC Sports) MLB plans to destroy the minor leagues sells baseballs soul for dollars and cents (NY Daily News) MLBPA responds to Yankees...

Call to the Pen

Chicago White Sox: Zack Collins should be trade bait

Now that the Chicago White Sox have inked Yasmani Granda to a four year deal, it is time to put Zack Collins on the trade block. It did not take long for the Chicago White Sox to make a splash in free agency. On Thursday, they inked Yasmani Grandal to a four year contract worth […] Chicago White Sox: Zack Collins should be trade bait - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati Reds Beat Podcast: After losing out on Yasmani Grandal, what's next for the Reds?

Top free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal, a target for the Reds, signed a four-year, $73 million contract with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.        

Brew Crew Ball

Don’t buy into the narrative that the Brewers “could not afford” to re-sign Yasmani Grandal

Photo by Will Newton/ Milwaukee can’t reasonably cry poor right now. Yasmani Grandal signed with the Chicago White Sox yesterday, and good for him. After getting saddled with the Qualifying Offer when he became a free agent following the 2018 season, he spurned a multiyear offer from the Mets that he didn’t believe paid him what he was worth. He settled for a one-year pact with an $18.25 mil guarantee with Milwaukee to set a new precedent for backstops in terms of AAV, then posted his fifth consecutive season of at least 4 fWAR while helping lead the Cream City Nine to the Wild Card...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets is heading to the South Side

Photo by Rob Carr/ We have a major free agent signing and surprise, it’s the White Sox. More on the controversies rocking the sport this winter. Gerrit Cole is going to get paid. If the (classic roster) Beach Boys were a baseball team, Brian Wilson would be the inner-circle Hall-of-Fame center fielder who missed a lot of time in his career with injuries and personal problems. Mike Love would be the solid No. 3 starter who gets upset every year when he’s left off the All-Star team. Carl Wilson was the quiet right fielder whom the fans took for granted but the stat heads love. Dennis...

South Side Sox

White Sox sign Yasmani Grandal

Looking ahead: The White Sox — our White Sox — have thrown down the gauntlet for the offseason, snapping up a key free agent in Yasmani Grandal. | Photo by Rob Carr/ Presumed No. 1 free agent target comes to the South Side for four years, $73 million Shock is an understatement. But the White Sox seized the offseason by the horns with a sweeping, stunning, four-year, $73 million contract with free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal on Thursday. OFFICIAL: The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a four-year, $73-million contract with free agent All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: Free agent Yasmani Grandal signed, Robinson Chirinos next?

The Chicago White Sox have signed free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal. That puts the former Astros backstop Robinson Chirinos at the top of the board. The offseason hot stove is already heating up. It seems as if teams aren’t wasting any time this year plucking free agents off the market. The Atlanta Braves took top […] Astros: Free agent Yasmani Grandal signed, Robinson Chirinos next? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

Brewers lose Yasmani Grandal to White Sox in free agency

Photo by Rob Carr/ Grandal signs a 4-year contract with the Chicago White Sox Yasmani Grandal finally got his multi-year deal, and it won’t be with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Chicago White Sox are announcing they’ve signed Grandal to a 4-year, $73 million contract that will pay the All-Star catcher $18.25 million per year. OFFICIAL: The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a four-year, $73-million contract with free agent All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal (@YazmanianDVL08). Under terms of the agreement, Grandal will receive $18.25 million per year from 2020-2023....

DRaysBay

Which catchers might the Rays target on the free agent market?

Original photo by Kim Klement - USA TODAY Sports Could one of these catchers find themselves starting for the Rays next season? With the departure of Travis d’Arnaud to free agency, the Rays have three catchers on the 40-man roster: Mike Zunino, Michael Perez and Ronaldo Hernandez. While they could get by with the former two as the tandem at the major league level, adding one more name is likely before the offseason is done — but how strong of a name can they land? On the free agent market, the signing of Yasmani Grandal by the Chicago White Sox took the top catching name off of the...

Call to the Pen

Chicago White Sox sign veteran catcher Yasmani Grandal

In the first major free-agent signing ahead of the 2020 MLB season, the Chicago White Sox have signed veteran catcher Yasmani Grandal. Unlike the last offseason, this year’s hot stove is getting off to an early start. That’s because just a few moments ago ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Chicago White Sox have signed Yasmani […] Chicago White Sox sign veteran catcher Yasmani Grandal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Daily News

Yasmani Grandal signs rich long-term contract with... the White Sox?

The White Sox made the first major move on the free agency market, signing catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal that the team announced Thursday. Grandal, 31, is respected for his elite pitch framing, a skill front offices are increasingly interested in quantifying. But the...

Lone Star Ball

Chicago White Sox sign Yasmani Grandal

Photo by Patrick McDermott/ The ChiSox have reportedly signed catcher free agent Yasmani Grandal MLB Rumors: The Chicago White Sox and free agent Yasmani Grandal have agreed to a 4 year, $73 million deal, per reports. Grandal, 31, took a one year deal, $18.25 million deal (including the buyout of the 2020 mutual option) with Milwaukee after rejecting the qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last offseason. Grandal was betting that a strong season in 2019 and no longer having the qualifying offer attached to him would result in a stronger market for a long-term deal this...

Rox Pile

Chicago White Sox put end to Colorado Rockies’ slim catching hopes

Sure, maybe it was a pipe dream, but there was still a very faint glimmer of hope for the Colorado Rockies to greatly upgrade at catcher this offseason with a big free agent signing. That was, at least, until Thursday’s announcement by the Chicago White Sox that they had inked Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, […] Chicago White Sox put end to Colorado Rockies’ slim catching hopes - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tomahawk Take

With Yasmani Grandal going to White Sox, Braves should go after James McCann

  Yasmani Grandal, the prized catcher of the free agent market, has signed with the Chicago White Sox. With Grandal off the board, the Atlatnta Braves should look to a familiar name behind the plate. The Atlanta Braves have a half of a hole to fill at the catcher position this offseason. The biggest prize […] With Yasmani Grandal going to White Sox, Braves should go after James McCann - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Former Mets target Yasmani Grandal signs $73 million deal with White Sox

Yasmani Grandal was unlikely to end up with the Mets, and now Wilson Ramos’ starting job appears officially safe. Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday as the biggest MLB free agency deal of the offseason thus far. The 31-year-old catcher was an All-Star for the Brewers in...

Cincinnati.com

Reported Cincinnati Reds' free-agent target Yasmani Grandal signs with Chicago White Sox

Grandal set career-highs with 28 home runs and 77 RBI in 2019, his only season with the Milwaukee Brewers.        

SNY TV

Mets did not pursue free agent Yasmani Grandal before he signed with White Sox

Grandal would have been a huge defensive upgrade over Wilson Ramos, who is under contract through the 2020 season.

12/17/18 MLB.com FastCast: Machado tours South Side

Manny Machado's free-agency tour starts with the White Sox, plus the Astros near a deal with Michael Brantley and the Mets sign Wilson Ramos About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U

White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from the Indians

The White Sox trade for first baseman and designated hitter Yonder Alonso, who hit .250 with 23 home runs as a member of the Indians in 2018. Here are his highlights from last season. About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most h

Pirates trade Ivan Nova to the White Sox

The White Sox bolster their rotation by making a trade with the Pirates, acquiring veteran right-hander Ivan Nova About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists