David Ortiz remains on the disabled list with an Achilles’ tendon injury suffered on July 16 and the Red Sox designated hitter told Ian Browne of MLB.com that he’s “thinking about” seeking an alternate form of treatment:
I have to talk to the doctors. I have to get more information. The doctors have given me some ideas, because I’m still very sore. I have to talk to them to see what’s up. … I haven’t played in the past three weeks and I still have pain. I’m not worried about getting worse, because I know I’m getting better. But the pain won’t go away. I don’t know if that’s part of the healing process, I don’t know. Some days I feel better, and the next day is going to be even better, and the next day it continues to be sore.
He was eligible to come off the DL on August 1, but there’s no timetable for his return and Ortiz stressed that he’s not interested in getting a cortisone injection.
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.