Yasmani Grandal was unlikely to end up with the Mets, and now Wilson Ramos’ starting job appears officially safe.
Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday as the biggest MLB free agency deal of the offseason thus far. The 31-year-old catcher was an All-Star for the Brewers in 2019, slashing .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 RBIs across a career-high 632 plate appearances.
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. Grandal will now average that exact amount for the next four years. The Mets ended up signing Ramos on a two-year, $19 million deal.
For the White Sox, the Grandal signing signals the next step in their path back toward long-term contention.
“This was all planned,” White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams said at the MLB owners’ meetings. “Going back five years ago when we started this and started thinking about this. We get ourselves in position with our young core and we could augment it with guys like this.”
“He’s such a quality guy, and for him to understand our messaging, our…