Free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, league sources advised ESPN, becoming a member of the reigning Nationwide League Central champions on a short-term deal after passing up longer-term choices earlier within the winter.
The 30-year-old Grandal, who turned down a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying supply from the Los Angeles Dodgers and will have pursued a four-year deal price in extra of $50 million from the New York Mets, as an alternative wound up with the Brewers, who stretched past their deliberate price range to signal him, sources advised ESPN.
One of the vital constant catchers in baseball, Grandal has batted .240/.341/.441 with 113 house runs and 339 RBIs in 726 video games via seven seasons with the San Diego Padres and Dodgers. His .792 OPS from 2014 to 2018 ranks third amongst catchers, trailing solely Buster Posey and Willson Contreras throughout that stretch.
Grandal’s hallmark is not simply his hitting, both. He has ranked inside the high 4 in pitch framing every of the previous 4 seasons, in accordance to Statcorner, which tracks catchers’ talents to flip pitches exterior the strike zone into strikes and forestall these within the zone from being known as balls. However Grandal has additionally dedicated a major-league-leading 43 handed balls throughout that very same interval, a pattern that chased him into the 2018 postseason.
Points catching the ball acquired Grandal benched in favor of Austin Barnes within the postseason, placing a bitter finish on a 2018 season that noticed Grandal submit an .815 OPS and hit 24 house runs. He was booed by followers all through Recreation three of the NL Championship Sequence amid his struggles, inflicting teammate Enrique Hernandez to lash out at Dodgers followers.
The Mets’ pursuit of Grandal ended with their signing of catcher Wilson Ramos. When Grandal expressed a willingness to signal a shorter-term deal, the Brewers entered the fray, filling a void and giving them their first large transfer in an offseason the place division rival St. Louis added star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and reliever Andrew Miller. The Chicago Cubs, in the meantime, have signed one free agent: utilityman Daniel Descalso.
ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.