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Catcher Yasmani Grandal inked a one-year, $18.25-million deal to become a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. And as the old saying goes, if you can(t) beat them, join them.
In fact, Grandal turned down a four-year, $60-million deal from the New York Mets to join a star-studded cast in Milwaukee. The Brewers will look to take the next step after falling short in the National League Championship Series to Grandal and his now former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Milwaukee Brewers did their best work last January, and they’re following the same pattern this year. First came yesterday’s surprise signing of catcher Yasmani Grandal, and now the Brewers are in heavy pursuit of an infielder to play second or third base, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2019
Grandal is a top-five catcher option in 2019 fantasy drafts and his signing gives the Brew Crew arguably the most dynamic lineup, top-to-bottom, in the National League. From a fantasy perspective, this is nothing but good news for hitters throughout the Brewers' order, which includes reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, Jesus Aguilar, Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw.
Perhaps the biggest impact of the Grandal signing will be how much the catcher will likely improve the team's pitching staff. He has been one of the best pitch-framing catchers since 2016, and although Milwaukee doesn't have a boatload of talent in their rotation, Grandal should be able to help them improve on some level.
Yasmani Grandal excels at pitch-framing ... Here's our pitch-framing metric leaderboard over last 3 seasons— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) January 10, 2019
Most Strike Zone Runs Saved - Since 2016
Tyler Flowers 44
Yasmani Grandal 36
Christian Vázquez 25
Grandal tied for MLB lead in both 2016 and 2018
The Brewers have certainly come a long way since the beginning of last season, and it'll be interesting if a starting pitcher or two end up joining Grandal in Milwaukee this coming season.
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