Two months after turning down a qualifying offer that would’ve brought him back to the Dodgers for $17.9 million, Yasmani Grandal has decided to sign a similar one-year pact with the Brewers, this according to multiple reports.
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo, the agreement is worth $18.25 million. The signing is big news for the Brewers who will get a premium hitter behind the plate for an already good lineup.
The Dodgers will get a compensatory draft pick after Competitive Balance Round B. That pick probably ends up around 80-82 depending on what happens with the rest of the free agent signings. Currently, that pick would be 78th overall just before the third round in June.
Milwaukee will lose its third-best selection in this year’s draft.
Grandal has been one of the premier backstops in the league over the last three seasons, ranking near the top of several offensive categories. Not to mention being one of the best in the league at framing. Although, Milwaukee got a first-hand look at the problems Grandal can have with his glove at some points when he made a number of errors in the NLCS.
The fact that the Dodgers didn’t choose to bring the switch-hitting Grandal back — assuming he gave them the chance at some point — is interesting to say the least. Their catching situation takes a lot of faith to believe in at the moment. The chances they trade for J.T. Realmuto aren’t that promising at the moment and they have Rocky Gale and a mix of guys they don’t believe are ready for the big leagues behind Austin Barnes.
That catching plan has about five weeks to come together, when catchers and pitchers make their way to Arizona for spring training.