Alex Gordon able to take 15 dry swings Tuesday

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is making steady progress in his recovery from January wrist surgery.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, Gordon took about 15 non-contact swings with a fungo bat on Tuesday afternoon in Royals camp and reported no abnormal discomfort. Gordon also played catch for the first time Monday and that workout went well.

The 31-year-old underwent an extensor retinaculum repair on his right wrist around the beginning of the new year, but he fully expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season: “No question,” Gordon said Tuesday. “Not even a doubt in my mind.”

Gordon batted .266/.351/.432 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI in 156 games last season for the American League-champion Royals. The left fielder also won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove Award.

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.