The Chicago White Sox’s best addition of the offseason, Yasmani Grandal, also deserves to be on this list without question.
Not only is Grandal one of the best players on this team, but he’s arguably the best catcher in baseball.
His 2019 season saw him hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 home runs, 77 RBI, and a 121 wRC+ (FanGraphs).
That gave him the second-best fWAR (5.2) among catchers, trailing only J.T. Realmuto who had a 5.7 fWAR last season.
The 31-year-old simply deserves every penny of the four-year, $73 million contract he signed with the Chicago White Sox this past offseason.
Sure, his age might be a little concerning for a backstop, but what he brings to the organization is so valuable.
Having an established presence behind the dish that defends as well as Grandal does can, and will, do wonders for the Chicago White Sox pitching staff.
The catcher position has often been looked at as a place for teams to try to get good defense while sacrificing offense.
Outside of Realmuto, Grandal is the only backstop that delivers elite offense and defense behind the plate.
Grandal is someone that other teams can only dream of having right now and he’s going to be vital to this organization’s success over the long haul.
All three of these players have the ability to carry the Chicago White Sox into the next phase of their rebuild which will, hopefully, eventually lead to a championship.