Grandal declined his $16 million dollar option in his contract for 2020 and will become a free agent, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The move was largely expected, as Grandal took a gamble by signing a short-term deal with the Brewers this past offseason rather than accepting a long-term contract. The 30-year-old had a career-high 28 home runs with an .848 OPS that was his highest mark since his first season in the majors. Given his output in 2019, Grandal should get a large contract this offseason and play a major role in a team's offense.
Grandal went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Sunday in the Brewers' 4-3 loss to the Rockies in 13 innings.
The home run was Grandal's 28th of the season, establishing a new career high in the category. Grandal was pulled from the contest after four innings, but that was presumably only for rest purposes since the Cardinals were well on their way to securing a win over the Cubs, locking up the National League Central crown in the process. The Brewers were still able to clinch a wild-card spot last week, so expect Grandal to check in back behind the plate for Tuesday's win-or-go-home matchup with the Nationals. Grandal shouldered one of the heavier workloads among all catchers down the stretch, starting in each of the Brewers' final nine games.
Grandal is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.
Grandal has been really grinding for Milwaukee, as this represents his first day out of the lineup since Aug. 18. He is hitting .219/.390/.490 with seven home runs, 27 walks and 32 strikeouts in 28 games over that span. Manny Pina will start behind the dish and hit seventh. It would not be surprising if Grandal were in the lineup for each of the final nine games of the season.
Grandal went 0-for-1 with two runs scored and four walks in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
The 30-year-old was 4-for-9 with a double, a home run and three RBI through the first two games of the series, and the Marlins looked like they wanted no part of him Wednesday and instead pitched to Mike Moustakas, who delivered two homers. Grandal has exploded over the last nine games, going 12-for-34 (.353 average) with five home runs, two doubles, 11 runs scored and nine walks.
Grandal went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Monday's 8-3 win over Miami.
After hitting just three homers in July and August combined, Grandal has already launched five in September and four in his last five games. The switch-hitting catcher is up to 26 long balls this season, one short of his career high set in 2016.
Grandal went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.
Grandal came through in the eighth inning for the Brewers, as his 397-foot shot to center field tied the game 2-2 and set the stage for Christian Yelich's walkoff in the ninth. The veteran backstop has found his power stroke over the last five games, going 8-for-21 with four home runs, a double, six runs scored and five RBI.
Grandal went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Grandal tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run homer off Jose Quintana. He also walked in the ninth, though the Brewers couldn't complete the comeback. On the season, the 30-year-old catcher has 23 home runs, 66 RBI and 60 runs scored while batting .249/.378/.466.
Grandal went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Tuesday in the Brewers' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.
Grandal trimmed the Brewers' deficit to one with a 400-foot blast off Andrew Miller in the eighth inning, ending an 11-game home-run drought. The long ball was just his second since the All-Star break, with the extended power outage taking some of the luster off of what had been shaping up as the best season of his career. Grandal has at least remained a major asset in OBP-only leagues in the second half, reaching base at a stellar .392 clip.
Grandal is not in Sunday's lineup against the Nationals.
He is hitting .226 with one home run in 53 August at-bats, but is in the midst of a modest four-game hitting streak. Manny Pina starts behind the dish and will hit sixth.
Grandal went 2-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Twins.
His seventh-inning blast briefly gave the Brewers their first lead of the game, but Josh Hader quickly handed it back in the eighth. Grandal has now reached the 20-HR plateau for the fourth straight season, and his .253 batting average, .373 OBP and .849 OPS are the highest marks of his career since his 60-game rookie campaign in 2012.
Grandal is not in Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.
Grandal has started the past four games, going 4-for-13 with three RBI and a 3:2 BB:K during that stretch. Manny Pina is starting behind the dish and hitting seventh in this one.
Grandal is not in the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Grandal will get a routine day off with the Brewers playing a day game after a night game. Manny Pina will take his place behind the dish and bat fifth.
Grandal is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
Grandal, who is 1-for-13 (.077) in five games since the All-Star break, will sit for Wednesday's matinee contest after catching all nine innings during Tuesday's 13-1 win. Manny Pina is starting behind the dish and hitting sixth in place of Grandal.
Grandal is not in the lineup Saturday against San Francisco.
Grandal is hitting just .176 over his last 24 games, though he's walked enough and shown enough power to have a respectable .749 OPS over that stretch. Manny Pina will take over behind the plate Saturday.
Grandal is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
Grandal has just two hits in his last seven games. Manny Pina gets the nod behind the plate in his absence.
Grandal failed to record a hit but walked three times and collected an RBI and a run Monday in the Brewers' 8-6 win.
Aside from smacking a ball foul in the sixth inning, Grandal didn't even make contact in any of his five plate appearances on the night but still managed to fill the leadoff role admirably. He took 26 pitches on the night and gave the Brewers the lead for good in the top of the seventh, when he walked with the bases loaded. Grandal is now slashing .222/.400/.519 out of the table-setting role and should stick atop the lineup regularly with Lorenzo Cain displaying few signs of breaking out of his season-long funk.
Grandal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Grandal had two hits Saturday to end a 2-for-18 slump, but he'll take a maintenance day in the series finale. Manny Pina will start behind the dish and bat seventh Sunday in his stead.
Grandal went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Mariners.
Grandal led off for the third time in as many starts, responding with his second homer in that span. He now has 18 long balls on the season, putting him on pace to well outdo his career-best mark of 27 in a campaign. He's maintaining a .272/.380/.549 line across 297 plate appearances, and could see a big spike in runs scored if he continues to stick in the leadoff spot.
Grandal went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, an RBI double, two runs and a walk in a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Saturday.
The catcher looked pretty comfortable hitting atop the order for the first time this season. He smashed a leadoff homer in the first and then clubbed a double in the fourth. It will be interesting to see if the solo homer discourages the Brewers from keeping Grandal at the top of the lineup or if they prefer some power out of the No. 1 spot. Grandal is hitting .274 with a .383 on-base percentage, which makes him an intriguing option to lead off. He also has 17 homers, 45 RBI, 38 runs and three steals in 237 at-bats.
Grandal will lead off in Saturday's game against the Reds.
Grandal has hit anywhere from second to seventh this season. He doesn't have the speed of a traditional leadoff hitter, though his .378 on-base percentage would seem to make him a good fit for the role. It's unclear if Saturday's lineup is a one-game experiment or if it represents the Brewers' future plans, though Lorenzo Cain's poor .253/.312/.357 slash line could mean the team is looking for a permanent change at the top of the lineup.
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