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Brewers agree on one-year deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal

MILWAUKEE — A patient approach to the offseason paid off for the Brewers on Wednesday, when they landed free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal on a one-year deal, a source told MLB.com 's Jon Paul Morosi.

The Brewers didn't comment because the pact is pending a physical exam, but when that formality is completed they will land the best catcher on this winter's free-agent market for only a one-year commitment, reportedly at $18.25 million.

Grandal, who rates as one of baseball's best pitch framers and offensive catchers, represents a significant upgrade over Milwaukee's defense-first catching incumbents Manny Pina and Erik Kratz.

Grandal, 30, is a switch-hitter who has done most of his damage over parts of seven seasons as a left-handed hitter -- something Brewers officials have tried to obtain in recent years, from Travis Shaw to Eric Thames to 2018 National League MVP Christian Yelich.

Arbitration contracts are not guaranteed, meaning the Brewers could go into Spring Training with all three catchers in camp plus prospect Jacob Nottingham, and sort out a plan closer to Opening Day.

Because the Brewers did receive revenue sharing, they will give up their third-round selection in next year's Draft for signing Grandal, who will not be subject to Draft-pick compensation should he become a free agent again after the 2019 season.

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