By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint
On December 10, 2019, Didi Gregorius, a New York Yankees shortstop has reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies for a one-year, $14 million deal. Gregorius who just came back from ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in early June, had a record hit of .238 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI’s in 82 games. Had the best record in the Yankees before his ligament surgery in his right elbow. He was injured making a throw during the 2018 AL Division Series against the Boston Red Sox. Gregorius who is a fan favorite and quite liked by his teammates is the anchor of the Yankees infield and provided defense at shortstop. According to ESPN.
From 2016 to 2018, Gregorius acquired around 20 home runs per season, broke the record of home run with 27 in 2018. Career wise, he acquired 87 runs in 2017 and 86 in 2018. His move to Philadelphia will reunite him with his former manager in New York, Joe Girardi. Girardi was a catcher for the Phillies, the Yankees, the Cubs and Cardinals just to name a few. The Phillies themselves recently signed in Zack Wheeler who previously was a free agent.
The Yankees acquired Gregorius in 2014. It was a three-way trade that included Robbie Ray going to Arizona and Shane Greene go to Detroit. Gregorius will be taking over Jean Segura’s shortstop position in the Phillies. He evolved in Cincinnati, transferring to Arizona and eventually taking over Jeter’s position in the Yankees throughout his final season. He hit a grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins, first ever grand slam by a Yankees shortstop in postseason. His 277/.326/.486, 112 OPS+, 53 home runs record from both 2017 and 2018 is enough to garner him a multi year contract even though he is currently signed with the Phillies for one year. His plan is to currently take the one year deal while trying to revive his market value for the 2021 season.
Now that Gregorius is going to be reunited with Girardi, he is going to rebuild his value after an unimpressive 2019 season. Reason being for missing the first few months of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow during autumn 2018. When he returned in the summer, he was no longer the 4.0-fWAR shortstop he was over the previous couple seasons. Most likely after the 2020 season with the Phillies, he will be a free agent and up for grabs again. Didi Gregorius, originating from the Netherlands, Curacao to be exact, played for the Dutch National Team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, defeating Cuba. Instead of winning a prize money, the rest of the team, including him was awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau, 5th class, a knight order from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. His current title is actually Sir Didi Gregorius. Stay tuned for further information regarding his transfer.