New York Yankees Free Agent Profile: Shortstop Didi Gregorius

One of the most beloved New York Yankees of recent memory is back on the free-agent market. Didi Gregorius is now a free agent after playing one season with the Philadelphia Phillies. Is a Didi/Yankees reunion a realistic possibility?

Profile

Didi Gregorius (Career)

  • 31 Years Old
  • 911 Games Played
  • .265 Batting Average
  • 120 Home Runs
  • 457 Runs Batted In
  • 877 Hits
  • .315 On Base Percentage
  • .748 On Base Plus Slugging Percentage

Didi Gregorius is soon to be 31 years old and is testing the free-agent market for the second straight year. The Yankees let Didi walk last offseason so he signed with the Phillies to show his worth. Gregorius has always been known as a great defender and hitter throughout his career. Gregorius was also a fan favorite in New York since when he arrived in 2015. He had big shoes to fill, replacing Yankee legend Derek Jeter at shortstop.

Didi Gregorius (2020)

  • 60 Games Played
  • .284 Batting Average
  • 10 Home Runs
  • 40 Runs Batted In
  • 61 Hits
  • .339 On Base Percentage
  • .827 On Base Plus Slugging Percentage

In 2020, Didi Gregorius still showed that he is still a solid shortstop and that he has value, putting together a great season in 2020. This year was a small sample size but Gregorius proved that he is still a reliable option at shortstop. Signing Didi to a one-year deal could be a low-risk high reward situation for New York, but the Yankees’ infield is jam-packed.

Impact Of Signing Gregorius

The Yankees have a stacked infield at the moment with a decent amount of uncertainty ahead of them. DJ LeMahieu is a free agent and depending on if he stays or goes, it impacts the infield regardless. If the Yankees keep LeMahieu and bring Didi back, they would have to move LeMahieu to first, Gleyber Torres to second, and put Gregorius at shortstop. But this would leave Luke Voit as the odd man out most likely.

The Yankees are also reportedly interested in Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, who Cleveland is taking calls on. If New York wants to bring in Gregorius they would have to re-configure the infield. This could mean dealing with a player like Luke Voit.

Other Options for Didi

Didi’s name has been linked to a few teams so far. The Los Angeles Angels have checked on him due to shortstop Andrelton Simmons headed for free agency. Gregorius also said he would re-sign with the Phillies if Joe Girardi & crew want him back. Gregorius is obviously linked to the Yankees for a possible reunion in the Bronx, although he said in a recent interview that he doesn’t think the Yankees want him back.

Didi Gregorius coming back to the Bronx is a possibility but it depends on many factors. If DJ LeMahieu walks, it would make sense for the Yankees to sign Gregorius to move Gleyber Torres back to second where he is more comfortable. Gregorius proved that he still has something left in the tank in 2o20, and depending on what happens in the offseason seeing him back in pinstripes in 2021 could happen.

 

 

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