Jacob deGrom tosses a gem, Lucas Duda hits two homers in Mets win

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Jacob deGrom was out of sight this afternoon, stifling the Cardinals for eight innings. The stifling included allowing only one hit, walking no one and striking out 11. His Game Score was 91, which ranks him second this season behind Corey Kluber’s 18-strikeout performance a week ago.

deGrom wasn’t alone in the heroics: Lucas Duda hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and a three-run homer in the eighth as the Mets cruised to a 5-0 victory. The whole game took two hours and twenty-six minutes. Getaway Day much?

 

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.