Chicago White Sox: Predicting the final 26 man roster for 2020

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128. . C. Chicago White Sox. Yasmani Grandal. 1. player

The Chicago White Sox are pretty loaded at the catcher position. That fact is because they made the big splash in early November when they signed Yasmani Grandal to a four-year deal. He is one of the very best catchers in the world at hitting and defense. He is the full package. He was brought in to assume the role as the team’s full-time catcher. He is also a big bat that will be inserted right into the middle of the lineup with some other big bats that were already there.

Another thing Grandal brings is experience. He was a pretty big part of some good teams.  The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers both had a fair amount of success with Grandal in the mix. He was never the team’s best player but he was always near the top. That is pretty much the exact same role he will assume with the White Sox.

C. Chicago White Sox. James McCann. 2. player. 128.

The White Sox had an All-Star catcher already there when they brought in Grandal. His name is James McCann.  McCann was very impressive during the 2019 season for the White Sox. He was one of the team’s leaders both on and off the field. It had to come to him as a bit of a shock when they signed Grandal to that big deal, but he has been professional about it. He knows that together, they have a chance to form one of the league’s best tandems.

He might also see some time at other positions, but his primary focus is going to be the backup catcher. He should still see a fair amount of playing time because he is a very good player. There is room for him to make an impact on this team. He makes the roster with no question and should play a big role in 2020.