It’s not the big splash you’re looking for, but it’s a trade nonetheless.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported the Rays have sent catcher Deivy Grullon from the Triple-A Durham Bulls to the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations. Grullon has since been added to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights’ roster.
As Topkin points out, the 25-year backstop has indeed been well-traveled. Since signing with the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2012, Grullon has spent time with Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, New York (Mets), and Tampa Bay. Just look at his transaction history from Baseball Reference for the full story:
As for his offensive stats, they’re not necessarily going to “wow” you. Actually, they’re somewhat similar to Seby Zavala‘s so that should give you a little feel for him as a hitter.
In eight minor league seasons, Grullon has slashed .251/.304/.407 with 78 home runs, 119 doubles, and 328 RBI. This year, he’s currently hitting .194/.282/.456 with 8 home runs and 20 RBI over 32 games – split between Triple-A Syracuse (Mets) and Triple-A Durham (Rays). It’s worth noting he’s played in five games at the Major League level, a little added bonus even if the stats aren’t too pretty.
Now for the question some of you will undoubtedly ask, why would the White Sox make this move? The answer is pretty simple. They needed catching help after the injury to Yasmani Grandal. Just look at the steep drop off on the depth chart: Zack Collins, Seby Zavala… Yermin Mercedes. God forbid anything happens to the first two, the White Sox aren’t realistically going to let Mercedes serve as a back-up catcher at the Major League level.
By adding Grullon, the Sox now have a little extra breathing room and a veteran in the system. While we may never seen him in a White Sox uniform, the Charlotte Knights will certainly accept him with open arms, as he’ll help out the combination of Daniel Gonzalez, Nate Nolan, and yes, Yermin Mercedes with duties behind the dish.
While this move isn’t flashy, it’s necessary.
UPDATE: Since this article was published, Grullon hit a massive bomb in his Knights debut. Too early to declare the Sox winners of this trade?
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