The Philadelphia Phillies are continuing their active offseason, after agreeing to a one-year deal with Didi Gregorius. The one-year deal is slated to be worth $14 million for Gregorius, who is rejoining Girardi in the pinstripes, only the pinstripes are red now, not navy blue. The newly appointed Phillies manager Joe Girardi will be reunited with Gregorius, and it sounds like the team is in on other former Yankees Dellin Betances and Austin Romine as well. Joel Sherman of MLB Network first reported the two sides agreeing on the deal, and then Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports tweeted the financials of the contract.
#Phillies are in agreement with Didi Gregorius
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 10, 2019
Confirming @Joelsherman1 Phillies have signed Didi Gregorius for 1 year, $14 million
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) December 10, 2019
In 2019, Gregorius was hindered by injuries and was only able to play in 82 games. For the Yankees, Gregorius managed a .238/.441/.276 slash line with 16 home runs and 61 RBI. He will now join a Phillies team who already made a splash this offseason by signing starter Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million contract. The Phillies are looking to use this window of competition and capitalize on it in a very touch National League East division that was a close race last year.
With the 2019 Winter Meetings underway, the market has been starting to heat up, with Stephen Strasburg signing a seven-year, $245 million contract to kick things off teams have been scrambling. Owners, GM’s, and team executives are working to figure out what players are going to fit their organization best and bringing in Gregorius is a solid move for the Phillies who are looking to vault themselves above the Atlanta Braves in the NL East who have also been making moves this offseason.