UPDATE: The Dodgers-Braves trade talks have been called off as Albert Callaspo rejects a trade

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UPDATE: Welp, never mind:

 

Why? Callaspo:

There was not much of a need for him in Los Angeles and it’s possible that the Dodgers’ aim here was to simply eliminate a veteran infielder to make room for others. Easier to get some minor league talent for Uribe and then just release Callaspo, yes? Maybe Callaspo realized that and would prefer to stay in Atlanta where, one assumes anyway, the Braves will keep him on the roster at least for two more weeks when they can trade him and not require his approval.

11:03 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a deal involving Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo. He said that they were close to completing a deal last night but something is holding it up. Perhaps Callaspo’s approval, given that he has the right to reject a trade before June 15 due to the fact that he just signed as a free agent this past offseason.

The Dodgers trading Uribe would give Alex Guerrero an everyday position. His bat has certainly earned it, given that he’s hitting.307/.337/.679. That will regress, however, and Guerrero’s glove doesn’t compare to Uribe’s. Uribe, of course is hitting a mere .247/.287/.309 with one home run and six RBI.

Callaspo himself isn’t hitting much this season — .206/.293/.252 — while splitting time between second and third. It’s unclear what else the Braves would have to throw into the deal to make this happen, but presumably something. For his part, Rosenthal says that there are some “lesser names” involved as well.

UPDATE: More from Rosenthal:

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.