6 DH options for the Philadelphia Phillies if the Universal DH returns in 2022

Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) flips the bat as he runs the bases after hitting a grand slam against the Houston Astros during the second inning of game three of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) flips the bat as he runs the bases after hitting a grand slam against the Houston Astros during the second inning of game three of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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Didi Gregorius #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

4. Didi Gregorius, Phillies SS

Didi Gregorius was one of the worst defensive players in baseball long before the Phillies picked him up ahead of the 2020 season. They owe him $15.2M in 2022, and it’s a waste to have him sit on the bench.

Gregorius hit well for the Phillies in 2020, prompting them to offer him a lucrative two-year deal through 2021. He then proceeded to have one of the worst years of his career, hitting .209/.270/.370 with a .639 OPS over 103 games. He made a career-high 18 errors in 101 games at short.

Unfortunately, despite his longtime defensive struggles in the infield, Gregorius has very little DH-ing experience. Over 1,014 career games (966 starts), he’s only DH-ed twice and made 29 pinch-hit appearances, which is kind of like DH-ing.

Like it or not, if they can’t trade him, this might be the Phillies’ best use of Gregorius.

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