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2020 Player Reviews: Didi Gregorius

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J.T. Realmuto isn’t the only priority free agent this offseason

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The Numbers:

.284/.339/.488, 237 PA, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 28:15 K:BB, 119 OPS+

The Good:

Coming off an injury-shortened 2019 season, Didi Gregorius was the only Phillies player who appeared in all 60 regular-season games in 2020. It was an impressive feat considering only 15 players league-wide reached the mark.

Fun Fact: Sterling Marte is the only player who played more than a full regular season, as he appeared in 33 games with Arizona before being traded to Miami where he appeared in another 28 games.

What was most impressive about Gregorius this season was his consistency. Disobeying the unwritten laws of baseball, he never slumped. He only had 13 games where he failed to reach base. Only twice (August 9 double header and September 5-6) were any of those games consecutive. He hit .345 with runners in scoring position and six of his ten home runs provided either game-tying or go-ahead runs. He also led the team in hits (61) and RBI (40).

While other players get most of the attention and appreciation, I’d like to go on record saying that I think for his unwavering consistency both offensively and defensively, as well as his ability to produce when the team needed him the most, Gregorius was the 2020 Phillies team MVP.

The Bad:

The only negative thing about Didi Gregorius this season is that he is now a free agent and if the Phillies want him to return for another season, ownership is going to have to open their pockets and write him a check. It doesn’t help that ownership also has to decide if they will spend big on 2019 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregorius certainly won’t cost as much as Realmuto, but after such a great season he’s not going to be cheap to re-sign. The qualifying offer for 2021 is set north of $18 million. The Phillies are unlikely to offer Gregorius that much, which means if he signs with a different team, they will lose him and get nothing in return.

The Future:

Gregorius’ future with the Philadelphia Phillies entirely relies on whoever takes over the GM position. Will the new GM be able to secure either of the franchise’s two most important free agents? Gregorius’ relationship with Joe Girardi and his appreciation for his teammates in Philly should help in the attempt to bring him back, but free agency is going to be a black hole of who-knows-what this offseason. Anything can happen. Regardless, signing Didi needs to be priority number two for whoever takes over.

The good news is that in an interview with WFAN, Didi said about the Phillies, “if they want me back, sure.” The Good Phight speaks for the fans. Didi, we want you back.