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MILWAUKEE (AP) — ther than multiyear offers from other teams Tyler Glasnow Jersey , catcher Yasmani Grandal gave two simple reasons: the chance to win and family.Grandal lives in Peoria, Arizona, not far from the Brewers‘ spring training camp.“My wife told me: ‘You get to have spring training here and be with your kids a little more,'” Grandal said Tuesday, a day after his $18.25 million deal was announced. “I have a 14-month-old right now who’s running crazy around the house.”Grandal’s deal includes a $16 million salary this year and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout due Dec. 31. Grandal has until the third day after the World Series to decide on the option, and the Brewers have until the fifth day.He spent the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the last two NL pennants but lost in the World Series each time. The Brewers extended the Dodgers to Game 7 of last year’s NL Championship Series.Brewers general manager David Stearns was content to go into spring training next month with the duo of Manny Pina and Erik Kratz along with prospect Jacob Nottingham. Then came the chance to sign the switch-hitting Grandal for a one-season commitment.“He provides us an offensive force — a powerful force — in the middle of our lineup and he’s one of the best receivers in baseball,” Stearns said. “He handles a pitching staff exceptionally well.”The 30-year-old Grandal hit .242 with an .815 OPS and 24 home runs last year Adam Frazier Jersey , including 21 homers while batting left-handed.Left-handed hitters have flourished at Miller Park — Christian Yelich became an All-Star, NL batting champion and NL MVP last year after he was acquired from Miami.“I think about 85 percent of all major league ballparks would have been good for me, as long as it wasn’t Petco Park or Dodger Stadium,” Grandal joked. “I love hitting here. I love playing here. It’s going to be exciting being away from those pitcher-friendly ballparks.”Grandal’s poor postseason may have impacted his market. He was just 2 for 11 with no RBIs in the NLCS, then went 1 for 5 with no RBIs in the World Series loss to Boston. Grandal also struggled defensively in the postseason with a number of untimely passed balls, though he had been considered a strong defender and pitch framer.Milwaukee raised its payroll from a big league-low $68 million in 2017 to $108 million last year and could set a team record this year, topping 2014’s $110 million. Stearns credited Brewers owner Mark Attanasio for his willingness to increase the budget in pursuit of a championship.“Mark encouraged us to pursue every avenue possible to improve this team throughout the offseason,” Stearns said. “As this opportunity became a possibility http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , Mark and this ownership group authorized us to stretch our resources beyond their normal constraints.” TORONTO (AP) — Add Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez to the list of big leaguers to suffer suitcase-related injuries this season.Sanchez acknowledged Wednesday that the bruised right index finger that has sidelined him for the past two months occurred when his finger got caught in a falling suitcase. The incident happened June 21, hours before Sanchez took the mound in Los Angeles against the Angels with about 180 friends and family from his hometown of Barstow, California, in the crowd.“It got stuck in my suitcase and it started falling,” Sanchez said. “It all happened in a span of about 30 seconds. I said ‘Ow,’ and my knuckle got super fat. I pitched that day, probably didn’t help, but it was the first time I was going to pitch in front of my family as a professional and I wanted to see what I could do.”The 2016 AL ERA champion Ivan Nova Jersey , Sanchez allowed two runs and two hits in a 25-pitch first inning that night before being replaced. After making three minor league rehab starts, he will throw a side session Thursday in Toronto. If that goes well, Sanchez will be activated off the 60-day disabled list to start against Philadelphia on Saturday.Sanchez (3-5, 3.52) said part of the reason he stayed quiet about his injury was the attention Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez received for spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee while carrying a suitcase up the stairs in his home just before opening day. Perez did not return until April 24.“I didn’t want to say it then because I saw Salvador Perez go down with the same injury and I didn’t want to get laughed at,” Sanchez said.This isn’t Sanchez’s first struggle with an injury to his pitching hand. He endured multiple stints on the disabled list because of blister and fingernail issues last season, pitching just 36 innings over eight starts.
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