Francisco Rodriguez re-signs with the Brewers

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Two weeks ago Francisco Rodriguez was said to be holding out for a two-year contract, which seemed like wishful thinking considering how many other veteran relievers have been settling for cheap one-year deals and even minor-league deals lately.

But sure enough Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Rodriguez has agreed to return to the Brewers on a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $13 million.

Rodriguez has been a good fit with the Brewers, who traded for him once, traded him away once, and have now re-signed him multiple times. Overall in parts of four seasons with Milwaukee he’s got a 3.11 ERA and 204 strikeouts in 168 innings, including 44 saves with a 3.04 ERA last season.

He figures to resume racking up saves this year, with Jonathan Broxton as his primary setup man.

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.