Don’t close door on Yankees reuniting with Didi Gregorius
With the Phillies tightening their financial belt, there is a strong possibility they won’t be able to bring back shortstop Didi Gregorius and catcher J.T. Realmuto via free agency.
With the Yankees possibly shifting Gleyber Torres from short to second, could that lead to a reunion with Didi Gregorius?
A year ago, Gregorius finished a season in which he was limited to 82 games due to Tommy John surgery and didn’t get much traction with the Yankees as a free agent because the Yankees believed Torres could handle the every-day action at short.
Eventually, Gregorius signed a one-year deal for $14 million with the Phillies. It was viewed as a bet on himself, and Gregorius won the wager by hitting .284 with 10 homers, 40 RBIs and posting an .827 OPS playing in all 60 games of the COVID-impacted schedule. Even in a financially depressed market, it is safe to say Gregorius, who turns 31 in February, will do better than a one-year deal this time around.
Now the Phillies will likely move Jean Segura back to short from third.
On Oct. 23, Gregorius said on WFAN, “I don’t think they’d want me back in New York to be honest, right now.’’
However, there are no voices inside the organization screaming their displeasure when his name is brought up internally.
He was immensely popular in the clubhouse and with the fan base. And if you want to ding him for hitting .238 in 82 regular-season games in 2019, you have to credit him for batting .273 (9-for-33) with six RBIs and an .839 OPS in six postseason games.
In five seasons with the Yankees, Gregorius handled being Derek Jeter’s replacement and left with a .269 average in pinstripes.
Source : George A. King III Link