July 29, 2021

Phillies agree to 1-year deal with SS Didi Gregorius, source says (ESPN)

The Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreement with former New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The deal is for $14 million, NBC Sports Philadelphia reported.

Gregorius, who turns 30 in February, came back from Tommy John surgery in early June and hit .238 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 82 games. He was arguably one of the Yankees’ best players before he needed ligament reconstruction in his right elbow after injuring himself while making a throw during the 2018 AL Division Series against the Boston Red Sox.

From 2016 to ’18, Gregorius averaged more than 20 home runs per season, and he broke his club record for home runs by a shortstop with 27 in 2018. He drove in a career-high 87 runs in 2017 and 86 the next year.

The move, which reunites Gregorius with his former manager in New York, first-year Phillies skipper Joe Girardi, comes on the heels of Philadelphia signing free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler.

Beyond his offensive stats, Gregorius — popular with his teammates and a fan favorite — was the anchor of the Yankees’ infield and provided Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop. He will take over for Jean…

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