In news just about everyone already assumed, Yasmani Grandal has likely played his last game with the Dodgers.
While the rumors on Grandal have been slow this winter, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports had a blurb about him in a recent article.
Yasmani Grandal, who statistically is the best catcher in the game over the last four years, is said to have four years somewhere if he wants it.
He went on to say that “one rival exec” — which is one of the more played out phrases in baseball this time of year — predicted he’d get $60M for four years.
With several catchers having already signed contracts this offseason, you wonder what his market stands as we approach 2019. He was, however, recently voted the most likely to sign with a team next on a mlbtraderumors poll, so take that as you may.
Combine that and the 4-year deal in hand with the noted mystery team, and we add up that Grandal will be suiting up elsewhere in 2019 and beyond.
Yasmani’s market has undoubtedly been slowed by the qualifying offer attached to him, which has led to some whispers that perhaps he could return to Los Angeles on a 1-year deal. But a rumor like that makes little sense for the 30 year-old catcher that Mike Petriello of mlb.com recently call “as good or better than Realmuto” in 2018.
It sort of feels like people have forgotten that Yasmani Grandal is good, but actually he's very good, and there's a few teams here who could desperately use him: https://t.co/RcTXogBoSY
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) December 22, 2018
As much as the Dodgers are still hurting for a catcher — review the catching depth and more here in this piece — a reunion is very likely out of the question. But his trip through free agency is something to keep an eye on, if he’s still on the market come February.
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