After a mediocre 2019 in which
Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the shortstop, who turns 31 in February.
Could Phillies sign Gregorius and Realmuto?
Jan. 12: The Phillies continue to be engaged in talks with Gregorius, in addition to catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to
This is Gregorius’ best fit
Dec. 26: MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince sums up the best fits for each remaining free agent from the top 25, doling out only one free agent per team. He focuses on a reunion with the Reds as Gregorius’ best fit. The team signed him as an international amateur free agent in 2007, and he played eight games for them in 2012 before heading to Arizona in a three-team trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds. Gregorius’ offense would be an upgrade for the Reds, especially at the shortstop position.
This reunion with Didi makes sense
Dec. 24: A return to Cincinnati makes the most sense for Gregorius, former general manager Jim Bowden writes for The Athletic (subscription required).
In his column detailing the best fit for each of the top 40 remaining free agents, Bowden picks the Reds for Didi.
“Gregorius would fit nicely in this underrated lineup, which includes Eugenio Suárez, Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos,” Bowden writes.
He also thinks the Reds can get a deal done — they’re prioritizing shortstop this offseason, they’ve wanted to bring back Gregorius for a long time (he made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2012), and they’ve freed up money by trading Raisel Iglesias to the Angels and non-tendering Archie Bradley.
Didi a backup plan for Yanks if DJLM signs elsewhere?
Dec. 18: The Yankees have said their top priority this offseason is to re-sign DJ LeMahieu, who established himself as one of New York’s best and most clutch hitters over the past two years. But the two sides are reportedly apart when it comes to specifics of a contract. If LeMahieu signs elsewhere for 2021, could the backup plan be to bring Gregorius back to the Bronx?
The New York Post’s Ken Davidoff thinks so, writing that the possibility is “tantalizing.”
“Picture him giving the Yankees’ lineup some badly needed lefty balance,” writes Davidoff. “Allowing Gleyber Torres to move back to second base. Tweeting with those likably silly emojis after every Yankees victory.”
Gregorius succeeded Hall of Famer Derek Jeter at shortstop for the Yankees, a tall order that he handled with aplomb — he blossomed into a star, particularly from 2017-18, when he hit .277/.326/.486 and averaged 26 homers. He had a rough final season in New York, posting a .718 OPS in 82 games after coming off Tommy John surgery. But with the Phillies in the abbreviated ’20 campaign, he looked more like his former self, slashing .284/.339/.488 with 10 homers in 60 games.
Davidoff cited Gregorius’ appearance on Michael Kay’s radio show in New York on Thursday, in which Gregorius said: “All I can say is I had a really good time playing there. But at the end, it’s in their hands. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future with LeMahieu or with the Yankees and all that stuff? They’re making their decision of what they plan to do.”
Sources: Reds eyeing Gregorius (among others)
Dec. 2: According to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, Cincinnati is “prioritizing the addition” of a starting shortstop this offseason — and former Reds shortstop Didi Gregorius is on the club’s radar.
He’s certainly not alone, though, as Cincinnati is said to also be considering fellow free agents Andrelton Simmons and Marcus Semien, as well as pursuing trade opportunities for Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story.
Gregorius, who turns 31 in February, hit .284 with an .827 OPS and 10 homers while playing in all 60 games for the Phillies in 2020 after signing a one-year, $14 million deal last offseason.
The nine-year MLB veteran began his career with the Reds, appearing in eight games in 2012 before being traded to the D-backs as part of a three-team blockbuster that included Trevor Bauer and Shin-Soo Choo, among others. Gregorius played the next two seasons with the D-backs before being traded to the Yankees, where he spent five seasons from 2015-19, while receiving a share of American League Most Valuable Player Award votes in ’17 and ’18.
Sources: #Reds are prioritizing the addition of one starting shortstop and are pursuing multiple options to address that need: Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story in trade; Marcus Semien, Andrelton Simmons, and Didi Gregorius via free agency. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 30, 2020
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reiterated the Reds-Didi connection on Wednesday, but noted that Jose Garcia, Cincy’s No. 6 prospect, could be ready to take the shortstop reins soon.
Reds are among teams that love Didi Gregorius, who originally signed and debuted for them. SS is a priority for them so it could be a match but they expect top prospect Jose Garcia to be ready at some point in the not-too-distant future.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 2, 2020
Angels find their shortstop with trade for Iglesias
Dec. 2: With Andrelton Simmons hitting free agency, the Angels were one of the clubs with a hole at shortstop at the start of this offseason. Consider that hole plugged.
The Halos have acquired José Iglesias from the Orioles, bringing aboard a player who hit .373 with three homers and a .956 OPS over 39 games this past season.
Owed just $3.5 million in 2021, Iglesias fills a need for the Angels without breaking the bank, allowing the club to potentially make a run at some of the higher-priced free agents on the market.
That said, we can probably rule out the Angels as a destination for the top two free-agent shortstops, Gregorius and Marcus Semien. DJ LeMahieu is also an unlikely target, with David Fletcher at second base and Anthony Rendon at third.
The Reds, Phillies, Yankees, A’s and Giants are among the playoff hopefuls who could look to add a shortstop, though some clubs may prefer to hold off until next offseason, when Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa and Javier Báez can become free agents.
Reds could be aggressive in SS market
Nov. 14: Cincinnati general manager Nick Krall identified shortstop as the club’s biggest need in a call with reporters on Friday. Departed free agent Freddy Galvis struggled to a .712 OPS this year, and Krall acknowledged that top prospect José Garcia could probably use more seasoning before he inherits the club’s shortstop job full-time.
With a lack of internal options, the Reds could be one of the more aggressive teams in the shortstop market – seemingly good news for Gregorius, who logged his first eight Major League games in a Cincinnati uniform in 2012. More >
Will Sir Didi return to his original team?
Nov. 3: Before Gregorius was with the Phillies, Yankees and D-backs, he actually made his Major League debut with the Reds. Cincinnati signed the shortstop as an amateur free agent way back in 2007, and he played his first eight MLB games with the club in September 2012. In the following offseason, Gregorius went to Arizona as part of a momentous three-team deal that also sent Trevor Bauer to Cleveland and Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati.
Now, eight years later, the stars could be aligning for Gregorius to rejoin the Reds. That’s the prediction that MLB Trade Rumors makes in its annual breakdown of the top 50 free agents, with MLBTR estimating a three-year, $39 million deal for Cincy to land Didi.
The fit certainly makes sense. Gregorius is the No. 1 free-agent shortstop available this offseason, per the rankings of MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, after returning to form in 2020 by hitting .284/.339/.488 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs in the shortened 60-game season. Meanwhile, the Reds are looking to improve their offense and have an opening at shortstop, with Freddy Galvis a free agent. Rookie Jose Garcia also posted a .400 OPS in his 24-game debut in 2020, so bringing back Gregorius would be one way for Cincinnati to boost its offense next year.
Gregorius ranked top FA shortstop by MLB.com
Nov. 2: MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand ranks Gregorius as the No. 1 free-agent shortstop available this offseason.
Feinsand places Gregorius ahead of other notable free-agent shortstops like Marcus Semien and Andrelton Simmons.
Gregorius signed a short-term deal with the Phillies last year (one-year, $14 million), and Feinsand thinks Gregorius’ bet on himself will pay off. The 30-year-old’s bounceback season with Philadelphia in 2020 could give suitors confidence that Gregorius can still perform at his pre-Tommy John surgery level.
Didi doesn’t receive a QO
Nov. 1: Gregorius wasn’t tendered an $18.9 million qualifying offer prior to Sunday’s deadline. The shortstop was one of the best hitters in the Phillies’ lineup in 2020, and with a star-studded set of shortstops scheduled to become free agents next offseason, the chance for a larger, more lucrative contract is now for Gregorius. But Philadelphia won’t receive any Draft pick compensation if Gregorius does sign with another club, though it will if catcher J.T. Realmuto does. It is perhaps a sign that the organization will be tightening its belt this offseason, looking internally to fill a shortstop vacancy should Gregorius not return. More >
Didi, Yankees reunion unlikely
Oct. 23: For Yankees fans dreaming of a reunion between their beloved club and former shortstop Didi Gregorius, the free-agent-to-be is skeptical that he’ll be wearing pinstripes again.
“I don’t think they’d want me back in New York to be honest, right now,” Gregorius said Friday in an interview on New York’s WFAN radio station.
New York’s incumbent shortstop Gleyber Torres played through an uneven 2020, battling injuries and defensive woes while hitting just .243 with three homers and nine defensive errors in 42 games. Gregorius, fresh off a one-year deal with the Phillies, finished hit .284 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs while playing in all 60 of Philadelphia’s contests.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reaffirmed his club’s commitment to Torres following New York’s exit in the American League Division Series. Gregorius and A’s shortstop Marcus Semien figure to be the top two free agents at that position this winter. The New York Post reported Thursday that the Angels are showing interest in Gregorius, as Los Angeles shortstop Andrelton Simmons is also set to become a free agent after the World Series.
“I think Gleyber is the future,” said Gregorius of Torres and the Yankees. “It was just one year and my understanding was he was hurt. I think everything will be fine with Gleyber.
“At the end of the day, it’s up to them, what they want to do. I really enjoyed playing with the guys over there. I had a really great time.”