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WHITE SOX SIGN Grandal 4/$73, Palka DFAd

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1 minute ago, chetkincaid said:

Stealth Mode.

 

Who saw this coming?

Raises hand.  

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Just now, ChiSox59 said:

Its a great thing, man! Be happy!!  Sox mean business.  

I hope so. 

I hope I’m wrong that this takes them out of the running for high end pitching. 

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Holy Crap.  My phone buzzed and it said Sox sign Grandal.  I just stared at the phone for a bit and came here :)

Under the radar...time to take your chair elsewhere Rick and keep the good news coming.

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1 minute ago, Eminor3rd said:

I hope so. 

I hope I’m wrong that this takes them out of the running for high end pitching. 

This does not take them out of Wheeler/Ryu/Madbum category. 

They were never signing the top 2.  

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This is huge for A LOT of reasons. Let's see if I can summarize my thoughts on why this is a huge signing.

1. Timing: The White Sox just inked a major free agent before the Winter Meetings. This means they learned to go in with a top dollar bid and not play games. They signed him in COMPLETE silence; the last update on the market was that it was slow moving and yet, here we are 1 hour later signing Grandal.

2. Silence: However stupid this may be, this team is significantly better when they operate behind closed doors without a ton of leaks and bravado. When they shut up and get it done, that's when there are results. 

3. Only the beginning: This is the FIRST signing; this leads me to believe that Grandal was one of the main priorities. This also confirms that his market wasn't as big as many thought. Regardless, I think the Sox may have quite a few larger offers on the table right now trying to wrap up negotiations early.

This has me hyped. Don't stop now boys.

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3 minutes ago, Eminor3rd said:

I hope so. 

I hope I’m wrong that this takes them out of the running for high end pitching. 

Why would this take them out of the running? You think they're going to be 1 and done? Grandal isn't even that massive of a contract; the length ends perfectly with the core as well.

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Just now, wegner said:

Does this make James McCann the best backup catcher in baseball?

I think they'll both catch about 1/2 the games. Grandal will start at 1st base and DH though.

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1 minute ago, ChiSox59 said:

This does not take them out of Wheeler/Ryu/Madbum category. 

They were never signing the top 2.  

Agreed.  The top 2 are out...are never going to sign here, but will Wheeler/Ryu/Madbum wait for the top guys to set the market?

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2 minutes ago, wegner said:

Holy Crap.  My phone buzzed and it said Sox sign Grandal.  I just stared at the phone for a bit and came here :)

Under the radar...time to take your chair elsewhere Rick and keep the good news coming.

Me too except remove "here." I came. That's all

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2 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

This is huge for A LOT of reasons. Let's see if I can summarize my thoughts on why this is a huge signing.

1. Timing: The White Sox just inked a major free agent before the Winter Meetings. This means they learned to go in with a top dollar bid and not play games. They signed him in COMPLETE silence; the last update on the market was that it was slow moving and yet, here we are 1 hour later signing Grandal.

2. Silence: However stupid this may be, this team is significantly better when they operate behind closed doors without a ton of leaks and bravado. When they shut up and get it done, that's when there are results. 

3. Only the beginning: This is the FIRST signing; this leads me to believe that Grandal was one of the main priorities. This also confirms that his market wasn't as big as many thought. Regardless, I think the Sox may have quite a few larger offers on the table right now trying to wrap up negotiations early.

This has me hyped. Don't stop now boys.

Except @Tony. He was in on the silence.

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4 minutes ago, Eminor3rd said:

I hope so. 

I hope I’m wrong that this takes them out of the running for high end pitching. 

This deal doesn’t make much sense if we aren’t going to go get some pitching. You can have the best player in the game behind the plate but if you got scraps throwing the ball you only can do so much 

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2 minutes ago, wegner said:

Does this make James McCann the best backup catcher in baseball?

McCann is still going to take all of Gio's starts and likely 80% of the catcher starts against LHP.  Grandal just shifts to DH/1B those days. Its a wonderful problem to have, boys. 

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So, Eric Thames for DH to play against righties?

Grandal can catch against righties and DH against lefties. McCann can catch against lefties and maybe be Giolito's personal catcher if that's what he wants.

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8 minutes ago, Chicago White Sox said:

This was quite a timely post!

From your lips to Ricks ears...

 

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Hahn told us the world wants to be a part of this!

Grandal: “My family and I are very excited and honored to be a part of the Chicago White Sox organization. I loved their professionalism, preparation and vision towards the future. I want to thank them for allowing me to be a part of this process moving forward.”

 

LOL

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That 26th man will be huge this year. Keeping Collins or Mercedes as the 26th man allows for both McCann and Grandal to be in the lineup when Grandal needs a break behind the dish. A lot more flexibility with the line ups now (just have to trust Ricky)

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