Grandal, White Sox reach four-year, $73M deal

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

It is the biggest contract in the history of the White Sox franchise. The 31-year-old Grandal will receive $18.25 million per season through 2023.

“This was all planned, going back five years ago when we started this and started thinking about this,” White Sox president Ken Williams said. “We get ourselves in position with our young core and we could augment it with guys like this.”

He reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the New York Mets last offseason and bet on himself to have a big year. It paid off.

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

The eight-year veteran has hit more than 20 homers each of the past four seasons.