UPDATE: Braves to sign Alberto Callaspo for one-year, $3 million

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UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that it’s a one-year, $3 million deal, pending a physical.

12:41 p.m. ET: Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Braves are on the verge of signing Alberto Callaspo. Fredi Gonzalez told him himself, actually.

The Braves, who have moved on from the Dan Uggla era and who recently traded Tommy La Stella, will probably use Callaspo at second base. Callaspo can, however, play anywhere in the infield and, in the past, played corner outfield spots as well, so using him as a super-utility player is not out of the question either.

His 2014 was not one he’d like to remember — Callaspo hit only .223/.290/.290. — but in the previous five seasons he was at or above league average on offense every single season, so there’s a chance for a bounceback.

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.