The White Sox made one heck of a free-agent splash Thursday, announcing a four-year deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal that at $73 million is the richest in club history.
The move is totally in line with everything the White Sox have talked about adding to the team: an impact player from outside the organization, a hitter with power and on-base skills that can slot into the middle of the lineup, a player who meshes with the long-term plans and who can help transition things from rebuilding mode to contention mode.
But it didn’t address one of the team’s stated positional needs: right field, designated hitter and starting pitcher.
Don’t think for one second that’s a critique of this deal. Everything about this signing screams “bingo” for the White Sox as they are likely just getting started in what’s expected to be a busy offseason.
But there are some out there who might be asking, “Why would the White Sox spend big money on a catcher, a position they seemed to have filled, when they could spend that big money in more pressing areas?”
First off, priorities can change if new opportunities arise. The White Sox aren’t taking anything off the table this offseason, and…