White Sox: Thankful for Yasmani Grandal choosing Chicago

Vincent Parise
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 09: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks back to first base after hitting a homerun in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 09, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 09: Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks back to first base after hitting a homerun in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 09, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox have inked Yasmani Grandal to a four-year contract and all fans should be thankful he is on his way to our team.

The Chicago White Sox have a lot of players to be thankful for. They are loaded with young talent as they hope to turn the corner in 2020. They believe that in 2020 they are going to compete for the playoffs with the other best teams in the American League. They started off an important winter with a big signing in Yasmani Grandal. One of the best catchers in the world is coming to the south side and all White Sox fans should be thankful for him this Thanksgiving.

Grandal is one of the best pitch framers in all of baseball. He was statistically the third-best at it in the league in 2019. He is a guy who pitchers will want to throw to for that reason. He can be solid behind the plate on every pitch to help the pitchers out. He and James McCann will form one of the best catcher duos in baseball. This could also be the type of thing that makes free-agent pitchers want to come to Chicago.

Grandal is also a great hitter. He had a slash of .246/.380/.468 in 2019. He also had 28 home runs and 77 RBIs to go with 79 runs scored. There is no doubt that he will fit in perfectly in a lineup that has so many great contact hitters surrounding him. He also walks at an elite clip. He was fourth in the American League in walks with 109 which is 65 more than any player on the White Sox had. He will likely either bat third or fifth depending on matchups but no matter where he is he will fit in nicely with this group.

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The signing of Grandal shows the organization’s commitment to seeing this rebuild succeed. When teams start making big free agent signings that is a symbol of the rebuild being over. That is good news for White Sox fans as the needle has now moved. There are a lot of things to be thankful for at your Thanksgiving table this year and the acquisition of Yasmani Grandal is one of them.

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