Friday, November 22, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 22, 2019 -- "Yasmani Grandal and the White Sox"

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"With that in mind, his contract, four years for $73 million, seems to undervalue his skills. Even if you zero out framing, Grandal is a switch-hitting high-OBP catcher who has been durable and is worth two to three wins a season. Grandal has never been a below-average hitter in the majors. He’ll play next year at 31, and even if you project some decline from his 2018-19 peak, he represents an enormous upgrade for the White Sox in every facet of the game. He’s a perfect fit for a team that needed OBP and some lefty balance."