After several seasons of extreme highs and lows, it looks like Yasmani Grandal’s time with the Dodgers is over.
Multiple sources have reported ahead of the 2PM deadline that he has indeed rejected his $17.9 million qualifying offer, effectively ending his time with the Dodgers.
Yasmani Grandal will reject the $17.9 million qualifying offer from the #Dodgers, sources tell The Athletic.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) November 12, 2018
Having been a top-three catcher since coming to Los Angeles, Grandal is expected to command a contract with guaranteed money well exceeding his qualifying offer.
His playoff showing was horrific, but he has also been one of the best at the position since coming to LA. He batted a combined .238/.337/.453 in his time with the Dodgers, including 89 home runs. He also threw out 88 out of 299 would-be base stealers good for a 29% caught stealing rate.
Unfortunately, his four years in Los Angeles will be entirely summarized by his 2018 playoff meltdown. It was a series of games that saw him drop throws from the outfield, let runners score on passed balls, and a flurry of 15 strikeouts. He finished up the 2018 postseason hitting abysmal .138, and reaching base only nine times.
The Dodgers will need to find a replacement for Grandal in free agency or via trade, as Austin Barnes does not appear to have the tools to be a full-time catcher. Their top prospects Kiebert Ruiz and Will Smith are at least one year away — arguably two — from the big leagues.
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