By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal. He received a one-year contract.
The deal is pending a physical, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Grandal will reportedly make $18.25 million from the Brewers, according to Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown. He reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million deal from the New York Mets earlier this winter.
After he turned down the Mets offer, the market for his services bottomed out. With his one-year payday from the Brewers, he’ll look to put up huge numbers at Miller Park before becoming a free agent again after the season.
Grandal joins the Brewers catcher depth chart that also includes Manny Piña, Erik Kratz, and Jacob Nottingham. It’s entirely possible that Milwaukee makes a trade before the start of the season to clear some room in their congested catcher rotation.
The 30-year-old La Habana, Cuba native joins his third MLB team with this move. He previously played for the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He spent the last four seasons with the Dodgers. He began his career with the Padres, where he played his first three seasons.
This past season, he had a .241 batting average with 24 home runs and 68 RBIs in 140 games. He also had 23 doubles, two triples on 106 hits in 440 at-bats. He also scored 65 runs.