After allowing four runs in six innings to the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, David Price thought he was done for the day. He wasn’t supposed to be and had thrown “only” 99 pitches. The mound remained vacant as the rest of the Tigers went about their pre-inning warmups. After about a minute, manager Brad Ausmus signaled for reliever Alex Wilson as Price was nowhere to be found, as Matthew Mowery of The Oakland Press reports.
“There was a miscommunication as to whether he was going back out,” Ausmus said after the game. “I thought he was, and he thought he was done. That was the miscommunication.”
Price, on what happened:
“I did. I was up here (in the clubhouse) doing arm exercises. Ver (Justin Verlander) ran up the tunnel and said you are still in the game. I said, ‘No, I’m not. I have zero uniform on right now,’” Price admitted. “It was a miscommunication on everybody’s part. I’ll take the blame for it, that’s fine with me. It was a miscommunication. … It’s never happened before. But you can put it on me. I am fine with it.”
The Tigers found up winning anyway, tying the game up at four apiece with a four-run eighth inning, then enjoying a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning on James McCann’s solo home run.
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.