Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback at age 38

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Vladimir Guerrero has been unemployed since the Blue Jays released him from their Triple-A team in June, but the former MVP is attempting a comeback.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrero is looking to sign with an MLB team and would be willing to accept a minor-league contract.

Guerrero played a dozen games in the minors for the Blue Jays last season and hit well, at which point he gave the team a “call me up or release me” ultimatum and they released him. Presumably he’s willing to show a little more patience this time around, although after following up his career-worst 2011 production by sitting out nearly an entirely season it may be too late at age 38.

Jim Thome has been unsuccessfully looking for work all offseason, so the market for aging designated hitters isn’t a strong one.

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.