PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi will have a familiar face on his squad. According to multiple reports, the Phillies have signed former New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius to a one-year deal.
— Pat Gallen (@PatGallenCBS3) December 10, 2019
Gregorius will most likely play short while Jean Segura slides over to second after the Phillies non-tendered Cesar Hernandez. Super-utility guy Scott Kingery will most likely open the season at third with Maikel Franco out of the picture.
This is the second free-agent splash the Phillies have made this offseason. The Phils signed former New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million contract to help stabilize the rotation.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 10, 2019
Gregorius only played 82 games for the Yanks this past season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. He hit .238 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI.
Overall, he is a career .264 hitter with a .742 OPS, while tallying 110 home runs and 417 RBI in his eight seasons.
Girardi managed Gregorius for three seasons in New York.
Gregorius, who will turn 30 in February, previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds.