Video: Jake Peavy’s house looks fun

12 Comments

After Jake Peavy won the 2013 World Series with the Red Sox, he bought a Duck Boat. After he won with the 2014 World Series with the Giants, he bought a cable car. That all seemed odd until you realized that he basically lives in a theme park.

Really, his ranch/plantation/farm or whatever you want to call it down in Alabama is all about big displays, as you can see in this behind-the-scenes video of Peavy’s abode below. And no, the Duck Boat and the cable car don’t appear, but there are enough other fun things. Like his light-up bowling alley. And his old west town. And the baseball bat light fixtures which, actually, would be pretty easy to make and why on Earth have we not all made them yet?

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

Getty Images
5 Comments

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.