Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers with 12 strikeouts

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers on Sunday night, using 112 pitches to keep the opposition off the board in a 2-0 victory. He walked one and struck out 12, and with the strong start, he increased his major league win total to 17.

If things were tense in the ninth inning, Arrieta didn’t show it. He fanned the final three batters he faced, Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley.

Arrieta’s gem is the sixth no-hitter this season. It’s the Cubs’ first no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano accomplished the feat on September 14, 2008. The Dodgers have been no-hit twice in the span of 9 days, as Mike Fiers kept them silent on August 21.

Arrieta, with an outside shot at the NL Cy Young Award, has a 2.11 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP and a 190/44 K/BB ratio in 183 innings.

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.