Yasmani Grandal Chicago White Sox

Age: 32 (November 08, 1988) | 6' 1" | 235lbs. | Bats: Both C-32 1B-6 DH-7 PH-21
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
LAD NL 2017 129 438 50 108 40 130 27 0 22 58 0 1 .247 .308 .459 8 27 .298 44/16/40 11 11
LAD NL 2018 140 440 65 106 72 124 23 2 24 68 2 1 .241 .349 .466 14 24 .278 41/17/42 15 15
MIL NL 2019 153 513 79 126 109 139 26 2 28 77 5 1 .246 .380 .468 17 22 .279 39/23/38 17 17
CHW AL 2020 46 161 27 37 30 58 7 0 8 27 0 0 .230 .351 .422 15 30 .299 36/23/41 13 13
CHW AL 2021 63 181 42 34 60 64 3 0 14 38 0 0 .188 .388 .436 24 26 .189 43/16/41 4 5
Career 10yrs 988 3135 443 744 547 895 146 7 163 481 11 7 .237 .351 .444 15 24 .276 n/a
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MLBTR's prediction for this free agent and what he signed for:

7.  Yasmani Grandal – Reds.  Four years, $68MM. 

... Back in January, Grandal signed a surprising one-year, $18.25MM contract with the Brewers. Though his market was depressed by a qualifying offer and perhaps some high-profile gaffes in last year’s playoffs, the backstop still received plenty of multiyear offers, including a four-year proposal from the Mets in excess of $50MM. Grandal explained in January that average annual value was important to him: “These are guys who have established a market and pay levels for a particular tier of catchers like myself. I felt l would be doing a disservice taking some of the deals that were offered even though they were slightly more long term.”

It certainly appears Grandal’s bet will pay off, as even a three-year, $42MM deal would put him ahead of the Mets offer he spurned. Grandal turns 31 this month and has a good shot at a four-year deal. This time, he hits the market on a positive note and without the anchor of a qualifying offer. The Brewers will likely attempt to re-sign him, but the Reds, Nationals, Braves, Mets, Rays, White Sox, Angels, and Rangers could also be in the mix.

Signed with White Sox for four years, $73MM.

Underline mine.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 4 '20

From Eugene in November:

I think this is a very good deal for both sides.  He's been worth more than this the past few years.  He's getting older, but revenue is going up and he should still be a valuable player as the White Sox enter their competitive window in 2021.  They still need at least one mid-range/top-line starter, but they might have that in the minors.  They also need one more bat at DH/1B depending on how they evaluate Abreu.  Vaughn is still some time away, although he's a serious hitter.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 31 '19

From Texpope in November:

Went negative on dWAR last year ... now signed through his age 35 season for $18+ mil/year.  His hitting will probably stand up - but by 2022 will the White Sox be wanting him behind the plate for 120+ games?

His $73 million contract is the largest guaranteed sum by the White Sox ... Mike Trout will make that much in the first 2 years of his current 12 year deal.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 31 '19
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 3.6 Bat 16 Field 0 Run -6 HR/FB 18% Pull 48% Hard 41% IFFB 11%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 5.2 Bat 18 Field 13 Run -5 HR/FB 20% Pull 40% Hard 45% IFFB 13%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19