The Philadelphia Phillies addressed among those holes within their infield, agreeing to some one-year deal with shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Gregorius, 29, spent the previous five seasons with the New York Yankees, carrying Derek Jeter retired following the 2014 effort. Originally thought of as a glove-first shortstop, Gregorius developed to a powerful hitter, averaging 24 house runs from 2016-2018.
He also missed the beginning of this 2019 year after undergoing Tommy John surgery and fought the rest of the way, batting. 238 in 82 matches, knocking him from the top grade of free agents this winter.
Today, he will aspire to perform his way to a larger contract.
Gregorius will become the Phillies’ regular shortstop, forcing incumbent Jean Segura to next base. Philadelphia still has a vacancy at third base following non-tendering Maikel Franco, but youthful utilityman Scott Kingery might man the hot corner.
It is the next major move of this winter to the Phillies, that signed free agent starter Zack Wheeler into some five-year, $118 million contract.