Pitcher Trevor Cahill has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract with the Dodgers to become a free agent, MLB.com’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.
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.