Dodgers News: JT Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, Second Base
This situation is odd and ever-changing. Yasmani Grandal, a 30-year old catcher with a fantastic bat and better defense than you think, is asking for some serious dough this offseason.
In an article written for MLB.com, Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick wrote that “he (Grandal) seeks a multiyear payday, reportedly somewhere around five years and $75 million.” He continued with “He won’t get that from the Dodgers.”
That’s exactly right.
The speculation and perhaps desire for Grandal to return for one season in a Dodgers uniform can be thrown hard and far out the window if he is looking for a payday in that range. But, if the Dodgers do in fact want to retain Grandal on a one year deal, the waiting game may be the way to go.
While it would cost the team somewhere in the $15 million range for the one season, it could be a safe assumption that no team, including the Dodgers, is willing to pay for Grandal through his age 35 season.
With time could come a reasonable financial desire and at one year and $15 million, the Dodgers would get a great catcher at a reasonable price.