Rockies, Mets discussing Dillon Gee trade

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the scoop …

SAN DIEGO — The Colorado Rockies “definitely have interest” in acquiring Dillon Gee, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Sandy Alderson has expressed confidence the Mets can trade a starting pitcher in the near future.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he has discussed specific trade packages with the Mets, but Bridich added that no deal is imminent. Rubin hears the Mets like left-handed reliever Rex Brothers, who struggled for Colorado in 2014 but registered a sparkling 1.74 ERA across 67 1/3 innings in 2013. The Mets are also said to want a right-handed corner outfielder.

Gee owns solid a 3.91 ERA and 1.288 WHIP through 639 2/3 career innings at the major league level.

The 28-year-old right-hander carries two more years of arbitration eligibility.

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.