Trevor Cahill opts out of minor league deal with the Dodgers

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Pitcher Trevor Cahill has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract with the Dodgers to become a free agent,’s Ken Gurnick reports. The Dodgers signed Cahill to a minor league deal in early July, two weeks after he was released by the Braves.

In 28 2/3 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Cahill compiled a 6.28 ERA with a 17/14 K/BB ratio. He made three starts and 12 relief appearances at the major league level for the Braves this season with poor results as well, leaving with a 7.52 ERA and a 14/11 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.

Cahill went into spring training as a candidate for a starting rotation spot with the Diamondbacks, but they traded him to the Braves before the start of the regular season.

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.