August 5, 2021

Sir Didi Reaches a Knightly Accordance with the Phillies (FanGraphs)

The Phillies tightened up their 2020 infield on Tuesday afternoon, coming to an agreement with shortstop Didi Gregorius on one-year contract worth $14 million, as reported by Joel Sherman. Gregorius, who will be 30 years old on Opening Day, struggled through his worst season as a Yankee in 2019, hitting .238/.276/.441 with 0.9 WAR in 82 games after returning from offseason Tommy John surgery. After injuring his arm against the Red Sox in the 2018 ALDS, Gregorius hit for power after rejoining the team, but his plate discipline and low batting average were enough for the Yankees to not risk making a qualifying offer.

While I think there was a reasonable argument for the Yankees extending a qualifying offer to Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu’s star season gave the Yankees more middle-infield flexibility with Gleyber Torres, and the team had bigger fish to fry in free agency. It’s good news for Didi, of course, as the loss of a draft pick could have seriously impacted his chances of getting a favorable one-year deal that would enable to him to re-establish his value for next offseason.

Nobody’s ever really had well-timed Tommy John surgery, but it was especially unfortunate for…

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