The Yankees’ shortstop situation just became very clear, as Didi Gregorius has agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies, according to multiple reports.
Brian Cashman said he was talking to all the Yankees on the free agent market, and Gregorius was among them. But with Gleyber Torres under team control and his natural position being shortstop, the Yankees may not have been too aggressive trying to land the veteran. He also had a mediocre year after returning from Tommy John surgery after the All-Star break, hitting .238/.276/.441 over 82 games.
So Gregorius’ days as Yankee are done for now after five seasons. He had a tough task replacing Derek Jeter in the 2015 season, but he quickly became a fan favorite with his trustworthy defense and big lefty swing that developed into a powerful one under the Yankees’ tutelage.