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Yasmani Grandal Inks 4-Year Contract With White Sox

Grandal will make just over $18 million per season over the next four years

The Chicago White Sox have wasted no time in making a huge splash in free agency, signing catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year contract. 

Grandal, the most highly-sought after free agent catcher on this year's market, will make $73 million over the life of the contract, the team announced on Thursday. 

Grandal opted to sign a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers last season, and the gamble paid off as he slugged 28 home runs and drove in 77 RBI's in 153 games. He was named an All-Star for the second time in his career and finished in 15th place in MVP voting. 

The catcher is also well-known for his pitch framing and defense, giving the White Sox an instant upgrade both to their lineup and to their defense. 

It's unclear what the move means for James McCann, who was also named an American League All-Star a season ago. The team could use him as a designated hitter or could try to trade him for help in other areas as the team looks to make a big leap forward during the 2020 season. 

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