Last night, it was reported that Yasmani Grandal and the Brewers have agreed to a one-year, $17.9M contract. Interestingly, this is only $0.1M more than the qualifying offer he was given by the Dodgers and it is nowhere near the $60M over 4 years the Mets offered him.
But I’m not here to talk about Grandal’s deal, I’m writing this about the side effects of the deal for the Dodgers. With Grandal, arguably the top catcher on the free-agent market taken, the Dodgers have Austin Barnes and no backup catchers. While there are still catchers on the free-agent market, none of them are good everyday catchers.
So what does this mean? It can only mean one thing: the Dodgers now need to get J.T. Realmuto. The Marlins are still asking for Alex Verdugo in exchange for their star catcher. And as usual, Andrew Friedman is hogging his prospects even though there’s no room for Verdugo in the Major Leagues.
The way I see it, there are two options for the Dodgers concerning Verdugo this year. 1) Begin the season without a star catcher and with Verdugo rotting in Triple-A Oklahoma. Or, 2) Trade Verdugo to the Marlins and start the year with a star catcher while Verdugo gets the Major League playing time he deserves.