Evaluating landing spots for MLB's top remaining free agents

Evaluating landing spots for MLB's top remaining free agents

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Evaluating landing spots for MLB's top remaining free agents

Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Yasmani Grandal

Interested Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros

Best Fit(s)?

Yasmani Grandal’s market has taken some time to crystallize because of the non-stop J.T. Realmuto rumors. Despite the Miami Marlins’ high asking price, he’s clearly the crown jewel when it comes to catcher acquisitions based on how things have played out thus far.

As for Grandal’s immediate future, a number of the teams currently connected to him don’t make sense unless his contract demands crater. The Indians have been slashing payroll while trying to stay competitive, so that’s not a fit at a multi-year guarantee. The A’s probably won’t be filling their catching need at the top of the market, either. Heck, they just lost Jonathan Lucroy via free agency, who signed for less than $4 million with the Angels.

The Astros have Robinson Chirinos and Max Stassi on their roster, but that hasn’t stopped them from pursuing Realmuto. And Grandal’s most recent employer, the Dodgers, aren’t interested in re-signing him for more than one year.

That leaves the White Sox, who have a ton of financial flexibility, are interested in making progress in their rebuild, and have made subtle upgrades by acquiring Ivan Nova, Yonder Alonso, and Alex Colome. They’ve also signed James McCann to pair with Welington Castillo behind the plate, but neither is a huge financial burden if they decide to switch gears.

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