Yankees and Didi Gregorius avoid arbitration at $2.425 million

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The Yankees and shortstop Didi Gregorius have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.425 million contract, per Jack Curry of YES Network.

Gregorius was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 25-year-old requested $2.525 million and was offered $2.3 million by the Yankees when figures were exchanged last Friday, so the two sides settled just a shade north of the midpoint.

Replacing franchise icon Derek Jeter at shortstop last season, Gregorius was a big improvement defensively and batted .265/.318/.370 with nine home runs and 56 RBI. After scuffling during the first half, he hit .294 with a .345 on-base percentage and a .762 OPS after the All-Star break.