Yasmani Grandal: The Golden Boy
Last winter, one of the best free agents available was Yasmani Grandal. Despite that, it took him longer than it should have to find a new team. The Milwaukee Brewers signed him to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2020. And after the season Grandal had, he’d be ludicrous not to opt-out and cash in while he’s still young enough.
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Playing in 153 (!!) games for the Brewers this season, Grandal was an iron man for the eventual Wild Card Game losers this season. His defense remained elite, and he produced the best season at the plate of his career. He’ll be 31-years old at the start of next season, but he’s shown no signs of slowing down thus far.
Honestly, it’s hard to think of a better free agent acquisition from the 2019 class that helped their team more than Grandal did the Brewers. He was their catalyst on offense, especially after reigning MVP Christian Yelich went down with a season-ending injury. The fact that 2019 was his best season to date is encouraging after teams were cautious last offseason as Grandal approached 30.
However, if the Angels want to land Grandal, it will cost them. They were reported to have been interested in him last year after watching him star for the Dodgers for years. Grandal’s price has likely gone up after his superstar 2019 season, though. The Angels’ focus will be on starting pitching, but don’t count them out as a dark horse team to sign Yasmani Grandal.