The White Sox made a significant early strike toward building a contending roster for 2020 and beyond Thursday, agreeing to terms on a four-year, $73 million contract with free-agent All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Grandal, 31, will receive $18.25 million per year from 2020 to 2023 thanks to the richest contract in Sox history. But will it be that by the time spring training rolls around?
“This is an elite add at a premium position today,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “That’s a real good thing. And now it’s on to the next one.
“We have more work to do.”
The next one could be a right fielder, a designated hitter or a starting pitcher, including one, right-hander Zack Wheeler, who could cost even more than Grandal, a highly rated pitch-framer who batted .246/.380/.468 with career highs of 28 home runs, 77 RBI, 79 runs and 109 walks in 153 games with the Brewers in 2019. Grandal was named to his second National League All-Star team and was, according to FanGraphs’ wins above replacement, ranked as the second-best catcher in baseball behind J.T. Realmuto.
Grandal leads all major-league catchers with 117 home runs since 2015. A switch hitter who balances a…