Yankees don’t extend qualifying offer to Didi

The Yankees did not extend a $17.8 million qualifying offer to shortstop Didi Gregorius for 2020 before Monday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline. Gregorius, who returned from Tommy John surgery to play 82 games in 2019, will now join the free-agent pool untethered to Draft pick compensation.

From 2016-18, Gregorius averaged over 20 home runs per season. He drove in a career-high 87 runs in 2017 and 86 the next year. In last season’s abbreviated campaign he still hit 16 homers and drove in 61 runs.

The Yankees could move Gleyber Torres from second to short, the position he played in the minor leagues and have D.J. LeMahieu play second.