Melky Cabrera turned down a four-year offer to join the White Sox

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The White Sox interrupted everyone’s Saturday night with a late signing of outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year, $42 million deal. It was shocking as the White Sox hadn’t been considered front runners for Cabrera’s services, but it continued what has been a rather busy off-season on the South Side.

Also surprising: Cabrera was offered a four-year deal from an unknown team, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He turned it down to take the three-year deal from the White Sox. Could it have been the Mariners, who reportedly offered Cabrera a three-year contract on Friday? The Orioles, Mariners, and Giants were other teams hot on the Cabrera case.

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.