The Phillies have made another signing this offseason, coming to terms with former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on a 1 year deal.
#Phillies are in agreement with Didi Gregorius— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 10, 2019
Phillies have reached agreement with Didi Gregorius on a 1-year deal.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) December 10, 2019
After the team nontendered Cesar Hernandez, it became apparent that the infield was going to undergo some change and boy does this qualify. Gregorius has been the Yankees’ shortstop for the past 5 years, hitting .269/.313/446. He was a solid glove at the six and will likely supplant Jean Segura there. Where Segura goes from here remains to be seen (most likely second base), but you can be sure that it will be Didi there at shortstop on Opening Day.
This is another big move of the offseason for the Phillies. SIgning Gregorius to go with Zack Wheeler fills some holes the team had. How the signing will impact their overall ability to spend isn’t yet known, but the fact that the team is getting him without having to surrender any draft picks is a huge factor. Since he was not offered a qualifying offer, the Yankees cannot recoup anything in return. So, it’s a win-win move! The Phillies are better and the Yankees’ farm system is not.
We’ll have more on this as it becomes available, but for now, welcome to Philadelphia. Didi.
UPDATE: Salisbury is confirming it. One year, $14 million.
Confirming @Joelsherman1 Phillies have signed Didi Gregorius for 1 year, $14 million— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) December 10, 2019