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Report: Brewers sign Yasmani Grandal to one-year, $18.25 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers and catcher Yasmani Grandal have agreed on a one-year deal, pending a physical. Per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Grandal will earn a salary of $18.25 million.

Grandal, 30, rejected the Dodgers’ $17.9 million qualifying offer in November. The Dodgers will receive a compensatory draft pick after Competitive Balance Round B. The Brewers will give up their third-highest selection in this year’s upcoming draft.

This past season, Grandal hit .241/.349/.466 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 518 plate appearances. He had a forgettable postseason, however, playing subpar defense with a .139 average across 34 trips to the plate. Grandal will jump ahead of Manny Piña on the Brewers’ depth chart.

It is surprising that, after roughly three months, Grandal was only able to procure an extra $350,000 above the qualifying offer. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier this offseason as well. According to FanGraphs, the only catchers more valuable than Grandal, going by Wins Above Replacement, over the last three years are J.T Realmuto and Buster Posey. But given that roughly a third of the league isn’t actively trying to win, Grandal’s market was not nearly as robust as it should have been. Add yet another data point for the union ahead of the December 1, 2021 termination date of the current collective bargaining agreement.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.