Didi Gregorius was viewed by a lot as the best shortstop on the free-agent market, and now he will be making a move to play for the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal was first reported by Joel Sherman of MLB Network. Sherman is reporting that this will be a one-year deal, and then Gregorius will hit the open market next offseason once again. The talented shortstop will also be joining Joe Girardi, who was his manager in New York until a couple of seasons ago.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 10, 2019
Didi Gregorius Heading to the Phillies
This is a massive pickup for the Phillies. They needed help in the middle infield next to Jean Segura desperately. By adding Gregorius, Segura will likely make the move to second base, which is a position the Phillies don’t have on the roster at all at this point.
Gregorius had a less than ideal season this past season as a member of the Yankees. He only played in 82 games as he was coming back from elbow surgery. His numbers were also down in that time compared to where they had been the time before that.
However, in the four seasons leading up to last season, he played at least 130 games each season and hit .274/.319/.447 with a per 162 games average of 23 home runs and 84 RBIs.
Assuming Gregorius can get back to the form that he was at before his elbow injury, he will give the Philadelphia offense a nice boost. However, he is far from a Gold Glove fielder, posting minus-11 defensive runs saved for his career.
The prowess he can bring offensively though is why the Phillies are making this move.
It was rumored the Phillies were going to spend money this offseason, and this is the first real upgrade they’ve made out and went. They were also able to make an improvement to their infield without going into the trade market.
It doesn’t sound like this is all the Phillies will do this offseason.
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