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Report: Phillies, Didi Gregorius agree on one-year deal

Former Yankees shortstop will join former manager Joe Girardi in Philly.

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hits a single against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed SS Didi Gregorius to a one-year contract, per multiple reports. The news was originally reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Gregorius had spent the past five seasons with the New York Yankees and will be reunited with former yanks skipper Joe Girardi, who was hired by the Phillies after last season. Didi was a fan favorite in New York and will be surely missed.

He is also one of the better offensive shortstops in the MLB, batting .269 with 97 HRs and 360 RBIs in five years with the Bronx Bombers. He had a down season in 2019, batting .238 with just 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 82 games, missing most of the season due to injury. He’ll look to bounce back in 2020 with the Phillies, who still have SS Jean Segura under contract. Philly could opt to move Segura to 3B and slide Didi in at short. Girardi usually gets creative with his lineup and infield, so we’ll have to see once Spring Training starts.

As far as fantasy, the move to the NL East isn’t exactly favorable for Gregorius. He’ll face much tougher pitchers on the Nationals and Mets most of the season. Citizens Bank Park is still a hitters park, though not nearly as good as the short porch in Yankee Stadium for lefties.