Giants and Ryan Vogelsong working toward a one-year deal

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It appeared that Ryan Vogelsong was closing in on a deal with the Astros just a couple of days ago, but the Giants jumped back into the mix last night and now Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it looks like a reunion will come to fruition.

Assuming the Giants get it done, it’s expected to be a one-year deal. Tim Hudson is coming off right ankle surgery and Matt Cain had season-ending elbow surgery last year, so Vogelsong is good insurance to have around. If everybody is healthy, the defending World Series champs plan to go with Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Jake Peavy, Hudson, and Tim Lincecum in their rotation and keep Yusmiero Petit in his swingman role.

Vogelsong, 37, is coming off a 4.00 ERA and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings across 32 starts last season.

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.