Marlins place Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the disabled list

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have placed starters Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list.

Alvarez is dealing with right shoulder inflammation, the same injury that kept him out of action for over a month between April 13 and May 16. It was revealed on Friday afternoon that the right-hander has been pitching with a 90 percent tear of his ulnar collateral ligament “for years”, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Alvarez allowed 12 runs on 22 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings across three starts.

Latos, suffering from inflammation in his left knee, has struggled with the Marlins, his first year with the team after coming over in December’s trade involving Anthony DeSclafani. He’s had some good starts, but overall compiled a 6.12 ERA with a 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings.

The Marlins lost Friday night’s game against the Orioles, extending their losing streak to eight games. Now 16-27 in the cellar of the NL East, the Fish are 0-5 since Dan Jennings took over as the club’s manager.

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.