Giants place Matt Cain on the disabled list, tab Chris Heston to start Sunday

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The Giants have placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reportsPavlovic noted earlier on Friday that the Giants are preparing Chris Heston to start on Sunday. Heston was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento last Friday as a means to limit his workload.

Cain, 30, made his season debut on July 2 after missing the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain his right arm. In 10 starts spanning 52 2/3 innings, the right-hander compiled a 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio.

Heston, 27, went to the minors after posting a 3.34 ERA with a 110/48 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings spanning 24 starts.

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.