Cubs Sign Backup Catcher in Attempt to Woo Darvish, Jays Get Older

With about a month to go until Spring Training and as heated speculation about the final destination of free agent SP and World Series goat Yu Darvish continues, the Cubs have signed journeyman C Chris Gimenez, a former teammate of Darvish’s with the Rangers. The wide consensus among those following the Cubs is this is in an effort to attract Darvish by basically having a personal catcher available to him. It’s expected Gimenez will compete with minor-leaguer Victor Caratini, who appeared for the Cubs in the bigs on several occasions in 2017, to back up Willson Contreras.

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On the home front, the Blue Jays have signed veteran OF Curtis Granderson to a one-year deal. His BA and OPS (.212 and .775, respectively, for 2017 with the Mets and Dodgers) have dropped off a bit since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, when the team appeared in the World Series and Granderson finished 18th in NL MVP voting. While Granderson is a solid veteran player and a 20+ HR season by a part-time player is nothing to sneeze at, I thought the whole point of letting Jose Bautista go was to get younger?

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