The Chicago White Sox have agreed to phrases on a four-year, $73 million contract with free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal, the workforce introduced Thursday.

It’s the greatest contract within the historical past of the White Sox franchise. The 31-year-old Grandal will obtain $18.25 million per season by means of 2023.

“He is such a high quality man,” White Sox president Ken Williams mentioned of Grandal. “And for him to grasp our messaging, our objectives, our path, and to say, ‘I need to be part of that and I’ll decide to it early so we are able to transfer on to the subsequent factor heading into the Winter Conferences,’ simply exhibits what sort of character we’re speaking about.”

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James McCann, 29, was the White Sox’s beginning catcher final season and was an All-Star for the primary time, hitting .273 with 18 dwelling runs and 60 RBIs. He’s signed for the 2020 season with a contract that carries a base wage of $four.9 million.

Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million provide from the New York Mets final offseason and wager on himself to have an enormous yr. It paid off.

After signing a one-year, $18.25 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, Grandal posted profession highs in homers (28) and RBIs (77) and earned his second profession All-Star look. He walked over 100 occasions to publish a .380 OBP.

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The eight-year veteran has hit greater than 20 homers every of the previous 4 seasons.

“This was all deliberate, going again 5 years in the past once we began this and began interested by this,” Williams mentioned. “We get ourselves in place with our younger core and we might increase it with guys like this.

“… Clearly, we’re making an attempt to place ourselves in a window that might very effectively begin subsequent yr however prolong to the subsequent 5 to seven years.”