WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports that the Yankees and outfielder Chris Young have reached an agreement on a deal pending a physical. It was reported earlier that the two sides had mutual interest, so they hammered out a deal in a matter of hours. Exact details of the contract have not yet surfaced. [Update: It’s a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with incentives, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports.]
Young, 31, struggled for most of the season with the Mets — batting .205/.283/.346 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 287 plate appearances — before ultimately being released in mid-August. The Yankees snapped him up and were rewarded when he bounced back to hit .282/.354/.521 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 79 plate appearances in the month of September.
Young will serve as the club’s fourth outfielder, behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran.
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.