Phillies could sign Didi Gregorius to a one-year deal
Would a short-term deal for Didi Gregorius help the Phillies?
The latest Phillies rumor to come out of the Baseball Winter Meetings continues to connect them to shortstop Didi Gregorius, a favorite of manager Joe Girardi.
According to Ken Rosenthal on MLB Network, Gregorius is “likely” to take a one-year deal to reset his value after missing time following Tommy John surgery. Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee are said to be interested in Gregorius, whose market is expected to expand under the prospect of a one year deal.
Rosenthal notes that Gregorius only wants to play shortstop, which would mean Philadelphia moving Jean Segura to second base to replace Cesar Hernandez and Scott Kingery playing third base.
Gregorius has benefitted from a power surge the last four seasons, hitting as many as 27 home runs primarily playing in a hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
According to FanGraphs, Gregorius has never hit a home run past center field, pulling all 110 of his home runs to the right. While right field in Philadelphia is 16 feet further and the wall much higher, it’s still a hitter-friendly situation for Gregorius to play 82 games.
As noted earlier there are so many moving pieces with the Phillies infield, which general manager Matt Klentak has said is the team’s focus during the winter meetings.
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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant’s service time grievance could hold up the deal if Philly wants him to play third base. This would limit the possibilities for Kingery if the Phillies already acquire Gregorius. Adam Haseley played well enough in center field to start, and if Segura is at second Girardi would have no home for the versatile Kingery.
Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson are also available, but likely on long-term deals that could block top prospect Alec Bohm. Signing Travis Shaw or Todd Frazier could keep the path for Bohm clear.
It’s a constantly moving carousel for Philadelphia’s infield that could be settled as soon as this week.