Yasmani Grandal has a new team, and will officially no longer call Los Angeles home. Instead, Grandal has signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Ironically, Grandal will face a team he had some struggles against in the 2018 NLCS.
Ken Rosenthal had the report first on twitter.
#Brewers in agreement with free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal on a one-year contract, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 2019
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports has further details on the financial aspects of the contract. The deal is worth $18.25 million for one year. This of course gives Grandal some flexibility to sign a longer-term deal if he has a solid year in Milwaukee. At the same time – this is short of the four-year pact Grandal was reportedly offered by the New York Mets earlier in the offseason.
Now, Grandal will have the chance at retribution against the Dodgers; the team he has made himself a marquee name with since 2015.
Grandal should be appreciated for what he was for Los Angeles: a very good offensive bat for a backstop. He leaves the Dodgers after posting an 113 OPS+ and 89 homers in 510 career games in a Dodger uniform. Never a charismatic personality or leader, he handled the job quietly and thanklessly.
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