Take a trip down the Jersey Turnpike and you will run into some familiar faces. Last off-season the City of Brotherly Love welcomed David Robertson, Andrew McCutchen, and Rob Thomson into the fold. Recently the Philadelphia Phillies named Joe Girardi manager.
Could another Yankee favorite soon be joining them?
A report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi states the Phillies are showing interest in Didi Gregorius.
Sources: #Phillies pursuing Didi Gregorius in free agency, as I reported on @MLBNetwork today, with the idea that Jean Segura would move to a different position or be traded. Joe Girardi managed Didi in New York, of course. @MLB
Since taking over for the retired Derek Jeter in 2015, Gregorius performed admirably at shortstop for the Yankees. Gregorius set a single-season franchise record for home runs by a shortstop in 2018 with 27. Gregorius also hit his fair share of clutch homers in the 2017 AL Wild Card Game and ALDS, and the 2019 ALDS (check out our Twitter header for the evidence).
However, Gregorius has dealt with injuries since late 2018 and recently the team declined to give Gregorius a qualifying offer. Hence, Gregorius is a free agent and the Yankees would not recoup a draft pick.
If he signs with Philly it would unite him with Girardi, who was his manager in pinstripes from 2015-17.
Although the Phillies currently have Jean Segura and Scott Kingery on the roster, they could shift those players around or make a trade. It would certainly create a solid comfort level for both Gregorius and Girardi in a new city.
Gregorius has also been linked to the Cincinnati Reds, who initially signed him as an amateur free agent.