The Dodgers sign Trevor Cahill

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Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports that the Dodgers have signed Trevor Cahill.

Cahill was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves earlier this month after allowing 23 runs in 26 innings and getting demoted to the pen in the process. That’s a long way removed from the Cahill who made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract. Since the beginning of 2014, however, he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA, with the Dbacks and then the Braves cutting ties with him.

Injuries to both Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy make him attractive to the Dodgers, however, and they’ll try this quick and cheap fix before, one presumes, looking around for trade possibilities.

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.