Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke

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The Brewers have fired manager Ron Roenicke, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. The club plans to announce his replacement on Monday. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that “all indications are” that the Brewers will hire Craig Counsell as their next manager.

The Brewers on 5-3 over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, but their record stands at a poor 7-18, leaving them 11.5 games behind the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central’s cellar. They have managed to score just 3.28 runs per game on average while allowing 4.92. Having allowed 41 runs in total more than they have scored, only the Phillies are worse in baseball (-50).

As a result of their poor start to the season, the Brewers have called other teams to inform other teams they’re willing to sell off some of their veterans, including Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, and Aramis Ramirez.

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.