Big news was dropped by Yankees manager Aaron Boone at his end-of-season press conference at Yankee Stadium a few minutes ago: Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is going to have Tommy John surgery.
Boone said Gregorius had an MRI which revealed the need for the ligament replacement surgery. The damage is in his right elbow, which is his throwing elbow even though he bats left-handed. Boone said he believes the injury occurred on a ball he fielded in either Game 1 or Game 2 of the NLDS. Which means he played Games 3 and 4 with the damage. He did. however, manage to go 2-for-4 with a double in Game 2.
As for what this means for Gregorius going forward, Boone said that he expects that he will return at some point in 2019, saying that he expects Gregorius will play “a lot of the season.” He obviously, however, will not be able to work out this offseason in the same way he always does and will not be ready for spring training.
As for what it means for the Yankees: they’re in the market for a shortstop.
The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.
Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.
In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.