Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was pulled from Wednesday’s game with left quad discomfort and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that an MRI today showed that he’s dealing with a “mild strain.”
Murphy had a stint on the disabled list earlier this year with the same injury. He attempted to downplayed the situation after Wednesday’s game by saying that his quad was “just a shade less than 100 percent,” but the Mets figure to play things safe with him. Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and Wilmer Flores (currently in Venezuela to attend to his ailing grandfather) are all options to fill in at second base and Michael Cuddyer can cover first base with Lucas Duda still sidelined.
Like most of the Mets hitters, Murphy is coming off a really strong August at the plate. The 30-year-old is batting .282/.325/.430 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI over 107 games this 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.