Royals activate All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon from disabled list

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After missing two months with a groin injury All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon is off the disabled list and back on the Royals’ active roster for the final month of the season.

Kansas City kept rolling along without Gordon and enters September with an AL-best 80-50 record, but having him healthy for the playoffs is a huge key for the Royals.

Gordon hit .279 with 11 homers and an .852 OPS in 78 games before the injury, making his third consecutive All-Star game at age 31. In addition to being one of the Royals’ best hitters he’s also a fantastic defensive left fielder, winning four straight Gold Glove awards.

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.