White Sox sign Grandal to 4-year, $73M deal
The Chicago White Sox and catcher Yasmani Grandal have agreed to a four-year, $73-million contract, the team announced on Thursday. OFFICIAL: The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a four-year, $73-million contract with free agent All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal (@YazmanianDVL08). Under terms of the agreement, Grandal will receive $18.25 million per year from 2020-2023. pic.twitter.com/dczzZo8UTE — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) November 21, 2019 Grandal, 31, is coming off a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, which he signed after rejecting the one-year qualifying offer the Los Angeles Dodgers tendered to him.
Omar Narváez . Position: Catcher . Bats: Left • Throws: Right. Team: Seattle Mariners (majors). Born: February 10, 1992 in Maracay, Venezuela ve. High School: Instituto Escuela (Maracay, Venezuela).
Omar David Narváez (born February 10, 1992) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago White Sox.
The Brewers are closing in on a deal with the Mariners to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The trade return remains unknown.© Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Narvaez is one of the few backstops in baseball that can match now-former Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal with the bat. And he’ll cost a whole lot less, bringing three seasons of control that begin with a projected arbitration cost of just $2.9M.
That’s not to say the Brewers won’t miss the outgoing Grandal. He’s a premium defender, especially in the pitch-framing department. Narvaez is considered a work in progress with the glove. He graded as one of the game’s worst framers in 2018 but did make strides to average levels last year.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year deal
CHICAGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal saw a young team stocked with promising pitchers and hitters. He envisioned a bright future for the Chicago White Sox, and he chose to be part of it. No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Grandal found the multiyear contract he failed to get last offseason. The All-Star catcher agreed Thursday to a $73 million, four-year contract with the White Sox. “There’s a lot of young talent,” Grandal said. “The way I looked at it, this team could be a dark horse in the next year or so.”Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November.
The Mariners are dangling catcher Omar Narvaez on the trade market this offseason. A club that either believes itself to be capable of improving Narvaez ’s glove or is simply willing to trade some defense for uncannily solid offense from the catcher position could certainly look into acquiring
Milwaukee Brewers Brewers MIL. Mariners acquire C Omar Narvaez from White Sox for P Alex Colome. " Omar has quietly developed into one of the tougher outs among catchers in MLB, his contact and on-base skills are welcome additions to our lineup," general manager Jerry Dipoto said in
Though Narvaez is unquestionably a nice addition, there are some risks here for the Milwaukee organization. His .278/.353/.460 slash and 22 long balls from 2019 came despite a decidedly chilly 85.4 mph average exit velocity and 27.5% hard-hit rate. Narvaez can draw a walk, with an 11.3% career rate, but could slip back towards league-average in overall offensive productivity if he can’t sustain the power output.
One other factor here: Most of the damage done by the left-handed-hitting Narvaez last year came against right-handed pitching. The Brewers will presumably task Manny Pina with a larger role than he was allotted last year with Grandal around.
As for the Mariners, this is only the latest in a long line of roster swaps. Consider its place in this strand of the voluminous trade history of Seattle's Jerry Dipoto. Narvaez arrived last fall in the swap that sent reliever Alex Colome to the White Sox. Colome had only just landed in Seattle along with Denard Span in a creative mid-2018 arrangement. Now, after one productive year with the M’s and despite several seasons of affordable control remaining, the 27-year-old Narvaez is heading out the door. He stands to be replaced by 28-year-old Tom Murphy, who was himself picked up in a late-spring deal earlier in 2019.
Yasmani Grandal on Astros: 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying, I guess'
Yasmani Grandal on Astros: 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying, I guess'Yasmani Grandal, fresh off his new four-year, $73 contract with the Chicago White Sox, was a guest on 670 The Score in Chicago Thursday afternoon when he commented that the Astros "were doing whatever they can to win," by allegedly stealing signs and relaying pitches to the batters, before adding, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying, I guess. It got them a ring.
Seattle Mariners ' Omar Narvaez is congratulated after scoring against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30 For the last six seasons, the Seattle Mariners primarily featured Mike Zunino at catcher . For all his defensive excellence, the offseason saw Zunino
Mariners Must C Mariners Reviews Mariners Manager Postgame Mariners Cut4 Mariners Game Recap Mariners Podcasts MLB Network Watch Live In-Market. Omar Narváez Pitch Breakdown Catcher Perspective. Charlotte Knights activated C Omar Narvaez from the temporarily inactive list.
Murphy’s own booming breakout in Seattle last year presumably helped nudge the Mariners into a move here. There’s also a solid prospect on the way in Cal Raleigh, though he’s not necessarily ready for prime time and isn’t a sure thing. The Mariners will presumably now set out looking for a second piece of a new backstop tandem. Since the right-handed-hitting Murphy made his mark almost exclusively against left-handed-hitting pitching last year — he carried a whopping 450-point OPS spread — it stands to reason that the team will prefer to find a player who (like the outgoing Narvaez) profiles as a strong option against opposing righty pitching.
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Sports storylines to follow in 2020
As we say goodbye to 2019, we look forward to welcoming in 2020. That means plenty to look forward to — and perhaps anticipate — on the sports front. Spanning all sports and all athletes, there are stories and trends to keep an eye on in the new year and start to a new decade. It's an Olympic year, but there's certainly more worth watching.Here are some storylines to keep in mind for 2020. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Crowning the next CFP champion
College football fans will need to wait a bit for the 2020 College Football Playoff national championship game. New Orleans will be the setting on Jan. 13. The question is which two teams will be there? LSU and Ohio State look like the front-runners to claim those spots, but don't count out defending national champ Clemson, which is rolling down the stretch. Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports
MLB game within the game
While Major League Baseballs winter meetings are still to come in December, it's more than possible some of the game's top free agents will still be on the market into the new year. Gerrit Cole and World Series heroes Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon lead this year's class and naturally will command ridiculous price tags. Pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler are also worth keeping an eye on, as teams may again leave the game's biggest stars waiting to find new homes. Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports
Brady, Patriots push for seven
Judging by the way they've played so far during the 2019 season, the New England Patriots appear to be the favorites to claim a record seventh Super Bowl title on Feb. 2 in the Miami area. With the ageless Tom Brady under center and a stout defense, the Pats could be in good shape to become the first repeat Super Bowl champions since they did it during the 2003 and '04 seasons. Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports
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College hoops on watch
Expect to hear more regarding the investigation into the corruption encompassing college basketball, especially in terms of recruitment, and now transfers. Kansas, Georgia Tech, Memphis and Seton Hall are just a few schools that are dealing with issues, as the NCAA and higher authorities continue to look to keep the sport under the microscope. Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports
Parity party on the hardcourt
Despite the state of college basketball off the court, on the floor there is plenty to be excited about in 2020,, perhaps because there is no clear-cut favorite — at least early this season — to win the national title. Michigan State and Kentucky opened the season Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, but both have a loss. Perennial powers Duke, Kansas and North Carolina should have a say in things as well. Others like Louisville, defending champion Virginia, Maryland and Villanova also should not be forgotten. Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports
The biggest question surrounding the golf world is just how much Tiger Woods will play in 2020? Woods, who will be 44 when the calendar turns, confirmed he will tee off in the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February, and assuming he's healthy, he will be defending his Masters title in April. The rest of Tiger's 2020 slate is as unpredictable as his game and health. Matt Roberts/USA TODAY Sports
That time of year again
By opening day of the Major League Baseball season, we should know where those big name free agents are playing — or maybe not, if 2018 told us anything. We do know some big-name managers have new homes. Plenty of eyes will be on the Los Angeles Angels, where Joe Maddon takes over a club he helped win a World Series. Joe Girardi is back in the dugout with Philadelphia, and Mike Matheny is now running the Kansas City Royals. In Chicago and New York, meanwhile, fan favorites with no managerial experience in David Ross and Carlos Beltran will guide the Cubs and Mets, respectively. Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports
With the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft...
Will it be the Cincinnati Bengals or Washington Redskins on the clock? Maybe, Atlanta, Miami or the New York Jets. Is LSU quarterback Joe Burrow the most coveted quarterback in the draft? What about the health of Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa? Don't forget dominant Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young or Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas. There should be plenty of intrigue regarding who will go to which team with the No. 1 overall pick at the draft in Las Vegas in April. John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports
Lakers, Celtics look to sustain strong starts
Wouldn't it be something if we had a Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals? Pro hoops fans can only hope. Early this season, these two historic franchises are looking good. So can LeBron James and Anthony Davis keep the Lakers playing at a high level? And is Kemba Walker the guy to lead the Celtics back to the top of the NBA mountain? We'll see. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports
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Liverpool's Premier League title pursuit
Liverpool are the reigning UEFA Champions League winners and could very well repeat in 2020. However, the Reds are still eyeing that elusive Premier League title. Liverpool last won the top-flight of English football during the 1989-90 season — before the advent of the Premier League. However, 2020 could be the year that all changes as the Reds went into the Nov. 15-17 international break with an eight-point lead in the domestic league table. Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports
Living for the lottery
While the NBA Draft isn't until late June, some of the biggest intrigue during the playoffs doesn't happen on the court. In May the league holds its annual draft lottery, which is always entertaining, especially when washed-up actors like Jami Gertz (part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks) represent teams on national TV. In 2020, the NBA's worst will rely on luck to see who gets the No. 1 overall pick. Memphis' James Wiseman and Georgia's Anthony Edwards, maybe even LaMelo Ball, could be the ultimate prize. Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal via USA TODAY
Singing the Blues in St. Louis
It's obviously not easy to repeat as champion in any sport, but the St. Louis Blues are not playing like a team with a Stanley Cup hangover. More than a month into the 2019-20 season, St. Louis is still among the top teams in the NHL. Barring any significant injuries the rest of the season, the Blues might have what it takes to become the second team in five seasons to repeat as Cup champions. Sergei Belski/USA TODAY
Coco's on call
In 2019, teenager Coco Gauff emerged as one of the bright new faces to watch in women's tennis. She turned heads by beating idol Venus Williams en route to making it to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. At 15, Gauff won her first WTA title at the 2019 Linz Open in Austria. Is a Grand Slam title in store for Gauff in 2020? Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports
Tokyo is the world's stage
For the second time in history, Tokyo will play host to the Summer Olympics, July 24-Aug. 9. All eyes, at least in terms of the American interest, will be on gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Caeleb Dressel. Both dominated at their respective 2019 world championships. The U.S. men's basketball team, meanwhile, aims for a fourth straight gold. Also, U.S. sprinter Noah Lyles could be the Games' breakout star. Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports
Raiders ready for Vegas
But will Las Vegas be ready for the Raiders? One of the NFL's most storied franchise's is set to debut in its new home for 2020. That's assuming its state-of-the-art stadium in Vegas will be ready to go, and no other hurdles will keep the team from moving out of Oakland, where it has not played that badly through the first half of the 2019 season. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports
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Rams, Chargers get new home, too
The Raiders are not the only ones expecting to play in a shiny new stadium in 2020. The Rams and Chargers are slated to take up residence at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles' Inglewood area. Though it's not yet open, it's been hailed for its size, scope and amenities. While it's likely to live up to the hype, word on the street is that its NFL co-tenants aren't playing nice at the moment. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports
The ball's in the 'The Brow's' court
While the 2020 NBA free-agent class doesn't boast the quite the same star power as that of 2019 (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard), it should not be without intrigue, particularly from Anthony Davis, who could end up signing a max deal to stay with the Lakers. However, reports suggest Davis might have interest in joining his hometown Chicago Bulls, a young team in need of a superstar. Stay tuned. Quinn Harris/USA TODAY Sports
If you play it, they will come
The Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa is a must attraction for baseball fans of any age or generation. In 2020, an actual Major League Baseball game will be played at the film site that's become a popular tourist haven. On Thursday, Aug. 13, on a new field constructed near the famed movie site, the Chicago White Sox will take on the New York Yankees in this one-of-a-kind event. Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports
U.S. looks for Ryder revenge
Europe has has won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups, but the event returns to American soil at Wisconsin's magnificent Whistling Straits track from Sept. 25-27. The U.S. was embarrassed 17 1/2-10 1/2 in France last year, so there is plenty of motivation for Steve Stricker's group to return the Cup home, where some of the game's best young golfers reside. Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports
Will Brown, Kaepernick find a team?
Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was the talk of the preseason for all the wrong reasons. His 2019 stay with the Oakland Raiders was brief and did not include a regular-season game. Brown's stint with the New England Patriots was even shorter. So will Brown have a place to play in 2020? Kaepernick, meanwhile, is working out for NFL teams. Does that mean the league is warming back up to the talented quarterback and willing to welcome him back in 2020? If not 2019? Terrence Lee/USA TODAY Sports
Intel's latest acquisition is a $2 billion push into AI .
Intel just spent approximately $2 billion to acquire Israel-based AI firm Habana Labs. The partnership will "turbo-charge" Intel's AI offerings for data centers, Intel said in a press release. Habana Labs makes programmable deep learning accelerators. Its Gaudi AI Training Processor, for instance, is expected to deliver up to four-times the throughput of systems built with the equivalent number of GPUs. For mobile and web-based apps that use Intel's AI data center offerings, the acquisition will, ideally, lead to faster and more accurate AI for features like photo and speech recognition.