Marlins, Braves, Giants considering Jake Peavy

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Marlins, Braves, and Giants have all expressed interest in free agent starter Jake Peavy, though Rosenthal adds that Miami will only become a realistic option for Peavy if Dan Haren retires.

Peavy did well to resurrect his dwindling free agent value in the second half of the 2014 season, posting a 2.17 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 78 2/3 innings for the Giants after a July 26 trade from the Red Sox. He had a rough 4.72 ERA in 124 innings with Boston.

The 33-year-old right-hander should be able to find a two-year deal.

Edinson Volquez just signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Royals.

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.