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Rise and Phight: 9/16/2021

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, there seemed to be a lot of vitriol directed at Didi Gregorius online.

It’s justified. Gregorius has been bad this year. Not below average, bad. The issue is that the team still has him on the books for next season, so barring a trade, he’s going to be back on the team. The role that he occupies remains to be seen, but it’s hard to imagine it’s an everyday one. We still don’t know if the team will fixate on one of the big free agent shortstops that will become available, but if they do, it remains to be seen where exactly Gregorius will play. Is he a third baseman, moving Alec Bohm to the outfield? That feels like the most likely scenario, but it would behoove Gregorius to take some infield groundballs at all four infield positions this winter.

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