Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday as the biggest Major League Baseball free agency deal of the offseason thus far.
The contract is the largest in White Sox history.
Many felt Grandal would sign a multi-year deal last season but instead took a one-year, $16 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers and had probably the best season of his career. We get ourselves in position with our young core and we could augment it with guys like this.
Grandal was ineligible to receive a qualifying offer so the White Sox did not have to give up draft-pick compensation to Milwaukee to sign him.
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Grandal has batted.241 with 141 homers and 416 RBIs in 879 career games with the San Diego Padres (2012-14), Los Angeles Dodgers (2015-18) and Brewers (2019). "I want to thank them for allowing me to be a part of this process moving forward".
To make room on the roster, the White Sox designated outfielder Daniel Palka for assignment. He played 153 games with the Brewers and proved he can start at both catcher and first base when needed.
The Mets offered Grandal a four-year, $60 million deal last offseason, but Grandal rejected it, betting on himself with a one-year, $18.25 million contract. He's hit at least 22 home runs in each of the last four seasons.
The Toronto Blue Jays were believed to also have interest in Grandal.