This officially marks the end of Didi’s tenure in the Bronx, and it reunites him with Joe Girardi in Philly. The move also makes way for Gleyber Torres to slide over to his natural position of shortstop, and DJ LeMahieu can settle in at second base where he is a three-time Gold Glove winner.
Didi was tasked with the seemingly impossible job of replacing Derek Jeter when Brian Cashman acquired him in 2014 in a three-team deal with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The Tigers sent Domingo Leyba and Robbie Ray to the Diamondbacks. The Yankees sent Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers, and got Didi from Arizona.
Over his five-year Yankee career, Gregorius slashed .269/.313/.446 with 97 homers and 360 RBI in 660 games. He’ll look to re-establish himself after a down 2019 season, and hit the open market again next year.
Many viewed a possible return to the Bronx as questionable, since the Yankees already have a crowded infield and substantial money on the table for Gerrit Cole. While the beginning of his Yankee career was rocky, Gregorius eventually found himself and became a fan favorite with clutch hits, flashy defensive play and emoji-filled postgame tweets. He represents one of the best trades in Cashman’s tenure as GM.