The Milwaukee Brewers decided to reach out to Yasmani Grandal and both sides have agreed to a one-year deal that will land him $18.25MM in guaranteed money for the 2019 season, according to Yahoo’s Tim Brown and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Earlier in the off-season, Grandal rejected a four-year contract from the New York Mets that could have been around $50MM to $60MM. Rosenthal adds that the deal is still pending the completion of a physical.
If the veteran catcher can have a good campaign, he can recuperate the money he turned down and land a potential three-year deal worth $45MM to $50MM.
For Milwaukee, getting an upgrade of Grandal’s caliber on a one-year pact was likely something they never thought would happen when the off-season began. As a revenue-sharing recipient, the Brewers will forfeit their third-highest selection in next year’s draft. This is a small price to pay for the Brewers, who are in a win-now situation, plus they upgraded their weakest unit on the diamond.
Furthermore, Milwaukee catchers combined to post a questionable .237/.294/.363 batting line with 16 home runs in 637 plate appearances last season. Grandal was the Dodgers’ starting catcher and he recorded .241/.349/.466 slash line. He should provide the Brew Crew with a substantial boost in terms of both on-base percentage and overall power.
Interestingly, Salvador Perez was the only catcher in baseball with more home runs than Grandal’s 24 bombs. Grandal is considered one of the most powerful catchers in the game today.
On the defensive side, Grandal has prevented stolen bases at a league-average or better rate in each of the past four seasons. There has been no catcher in baseball who has consistently graded out as strongly as Grandal in terms of pitch-framing. In those past four seasons Grandal has been among the league leaders in Defensive Runs Saved at catcher, with a collective +45 DRS.
Finally, this move should give the Brewers an edge in the National League and a chance on winning the World Series.