Twins interested in Joe Saunders and Brett Myers

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Minnesota came into the offseason needing to fill at least three and possibly four rotation spots, and the Twins’ early additions of Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey haven’t been very inspiring.

They also inked Rich Harden to a minor-league deal today, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins are still searching for rotation help and both Joe Saunders and Brett Myers are “very much on the Twins’ radar.”

Myers has more upside than Saunders, but as with Correia and Pelfrey it’s clear that the Twins are shopping in the bargain bin despite some initial talk of trying to put together a quality rotation.

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.