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Ryon Healy undergoes hip surgery

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Mariners corner infielder Ryon Healy underwent debridement surgery on his right hip on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Healy is expected to miss four to six months. That means, if everything goes well, he should be ready just in time for spring training.

Healy, 27, played in 47 games this season, batting .237/.289/.456 with seven home runs and 26 RBI across 187 plate appearances. The Mariners acquired him from the Athletics in November 2017 for Emilio Pagán and minor league infielder Alexander Campos.

Healy’s injury came around the same time Kyle Seager returned from the injured list so the Mariners haven’t been wanting at the hot corner. Healy will more realistically vie for a share of the starting job at first base next year.

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.