The Milwaukee Brewers have a new catcher.
What was reported last week is now official. The team has signed free agent Yasmani Grandal to a one-year deal. Yahoo’s Tim Brown reported it’s worth 18.25-million.
“We are very pleased to add Yasmani Grandal to our team,” general manager David Stearns stated in a press release. “Yasmani has proven that he is one of the most productive catchers in baseball, both offensively and defensively, and he fits our roster very well. Throughout this process, he expressed a consistent and sincere desire to join our organization. We are thrilled to welcome Yasmani and his family to Milwaukee.”
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Grandal was a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and played a big role against Milwaukee in the National League Championship Series. That included him becoming the first catcher to allow two passed balls and commit two errors in the same postseason game. It came in the series opener and helped the Brewers escape with a 6-5 win.
Grandal reportedly had other suitors this offseason. Rosenthal reported that Grandal turned down a one-year $17.9 million offer from the Dodgers and a four-year deal that could have been worth as much as $60 million from the New York Mets.
An All-Star in 2015, Grandal batted .241 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI last season for Los Angeles.
Grandal joins veterans Manny Pina and Erik Kratz on the 40-man roster, along with 23-year-old Jacob Nottingham.
The 30-year-old Grandal will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday morning.