After another poor start on Wednesday against the Orioles, Yankees hurler Sonny Gray‘s rotation spot was said to be in jeopardy. It certainly was. Gray has officially been moved to the bullpen, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Gray, 28, has made 21 starts this season with an 8-8 record, a 5.56 ERA, and a 99/46 K/BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings. The right-hander has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, so the Yankees do have some incentive to help him through his issues. That being said, Gray could also be non-tendered in the offseason.
Lance Lynn, recently acquired from the Twins, will take Gray’s spot in the rotation, according to WFAN’s Chris Carlin. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 4.89 ERA with a 105/62 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings 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.