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Sport SS Didi Gregorius considering one-year contracts

17:26  10 december  2019
17:26  10 december  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

Report: Didi Gregorius agrees to contract with Phillies

  Report: Didi Gregorius agrees to contract with Phillies Didi Gregorius, the best shortstop available on the market this winter, has reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. © Provided by Oath Inc. BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 18: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees looks on prior to Game 5 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Friday, October 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Such a year would surely put Gregorius in line for a qualifying offer from his new team next winter, which would land in the ballpark of .8MM. In a worst-case scenario, Gregorius could just accept the QO if he still didn’t like his chances in free agency, giving him roughly .8MM over the

By agreeing to a one - year contract , Gregorius is making the same wager. If his numbers with the Phillies align with, say, his 2017-18 production with the Yankees (.277 average, 52 homers, .812 OPS), he could re-enter the market next winter and aim for a higher annual salary in a multiyear arrangement.

As the top shortstop on the free agent market, Didi Gregorius had been widely tabbed as a candidate for a multi-year deal, even in the wake of his injury-shortened 2019 season. While multiple teams have indeed shown interest in Gregorius this offseason, he and his agents are also considering the possibility of accepting a one-year offer, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (subscription required).

a close up of Didi Gregorius holding a baseball glove© Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There would certainly be risk in such a maneuver, though Rosenthal notes it would be a “bet on himself” move from Gregorius in the hopes of guaranteeing himself a larger multi-year deal next winter than he would this offseason. Even in the short term, it could lock in more money for Gregorius over two seasons than he would over a hypothetical three-year contract.

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Didi Gregorius , the best shortstop available on the market this winter, has reportedly agreed to terms on a one - year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He’ll be paid million in 2020, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. The left-handed hitter

The Phillies have reached agreement with former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on a one - year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Buster Olney. From 2016 to '18, Gregorius averaged more than 20 home runs per season, and he broke the club record for home runs by a shortstop with 27 in 2018.

For example, let’s take the three-year, $42M that MLB Trade Rumors projected Gregorius would receive on the open market. That works out to $14M in average annual value, and there’s surely enough interest in Gregorius (especially on a one-year pact) that he would easily surpass $14M for 2020, and likely get more than the $17.8M value of this winter’s qualifying offers. So let’s say Gregorius signs for $18M in 2020, and then delivers a performance akin to his 2017 (4.1 fWAR) or 2018 (4.7 fWAR) seasons with the Yankees. Such a year would surely put Gregorius in line for a qualifying offer from his new team next winter, which would land in the ballpark of $17.8M. In a worst-case scenario, Gregorius could just accept the QO if he still didn’t like his chances in free agency, giving him roughly $35.8M over the 2020-21 seasons — a hefty bump up from the $28M he’d have in the same span if he accepted our predicted three-year pact.

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Didi Gregorius is joining the Phillies and former manager Joe Girardi. Didi Gregorius is now a tattoo artist and he's pretty good at it. NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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As Rosenthal notes, the 2021-22 offseason could be heavy with star shortstops available in free agency, as Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, Carlos Correa and Corey Seager are all scheduled to hit the open market. That would seemingly make it unlikely that Gregorius takes a two-year deal this winter, as he would be a 32-year-old shortstop competing for free agent dollars against all those younger stars. A contract offer of four or more years, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to be too realistic, as even the teams most interested in Gregorius would probably balk at guaranteeing four years to a player coming off such a lackluster platform season.

The counter to accepting a one-year deal, of course, is that Gregorius might desire long-term security after facing such a serious injury like the Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for a large chunk of 2019. Given that we’ve already seen some rather surprisingly high figures on the free agent market thus far, Gregorius could also benefit beyond our $42M projection. The Phillies, Brewers and Reds have already been linked to Gregorius, and it’s possible more teams could enter the fray depending on other trades, signings or injuries.

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