Report: Phillies sign Didi Gregorius to one-year, $14 million deal

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Phillies have signed shortstop Didi Gregorius. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports that it’s a one-year deal. Per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the pact is for $14 million.

Gregorius, 29, is coming off of a down year and was recently reported as being willing to take a one-year deal in order to reestablish his value. This past season, he hit .238/.276/.441 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI across 344 plate appearances. Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2018 and didn’t make his 2019 season debut until June 7.

The rumors of Gregorius to the Phillies surfaced as soon as the club hired Joe Girardi as the new manager. Girardi managed Gregorius with the Yankees from 2015-17 and has spoken highly of the shortstop.

Gregorius will take over shortstop from Jean Segura. The Phillies, who non-tendered both César Hernández and Maikel Franco last week, could move Segura to either second base or third base depending on what other additions they make this offseason and where they want to play Scott Kingery.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.