A’s suspend top pitching prospect Ian Krol for tweet

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Ian Krol, who posts on Twitter under @KingKrol9, was suspended indefinitely by the A’s on Sunday after an offensive tweet.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reports that the tweet, since deleted, included a “gay slur along with some other offensive language.”

Krol had all of 90 twitter followers prior to the announcement, but the A’s were obviously keeping tabs on him.  Some of the gems people were missing out on:

March 10: I’m the king, and I be smokin’

March 13: Man I feel like moneyyy

March 19: The moon’s on steriods #Supermoon…Wisconsin #WINNING…

Krol, 20, was a seventh-round pick in 2009 even though he was suspended for his senior year of high school for an alcohol-related offense.  He went 9-4 with a 2.65 ERA at low-A Kane County last season.  He missed the start of this season because of an elbow injury, but he resumed pitching in the Arizona League at the end of last month and he had thrown five hitless innings to date.

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.