Yasmani Grandal Declines Offer with Brewers, pursued by Reds

It was a forgone conclusion from the start that Yasmani Grandal’s mutual contract option with the Milwaukee Brewers for 2020 was merely a formality. It was a way to defer some salary on a big money one-year deal. Now that the World Series has ended and the offseason has officially begun, Grandal has grabbed his $2.25 million buyout. He will try to find a long-term deal in free agency.

Grandal was a deserving All Star in 2019. He was also the most valuable Brewer behind Christian Yelich. Yasmani Grandal set new career highs with 28 home runs, 77 runs batted in, 79 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and 109 walks. He became just the second Brewer ever to get 100+ walks in a season, joining Prince Fielder.

David Stearns told reporters that he’d love to have Grandal back on the team for next season. However, don’t expect the Brewers to be alone in the bidding for him. According to a follow-up tweet from Heyman, the division-rival Reds are expected among many teams that will try and make a play for Yasmani Grandal. He was a first-round pick by Cincinnati back in 2010, however, he only spent a little over a year with the organization. Grandal went to San Diego as part of the package for Mat Latos in 2011.

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